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WELLINGTON 1st MAY, 1922.. 

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No one in New Zealand who pat- 
ronises the " movies " regularly — 
and they are legion — can fail to 
have noticed what a marked im- 
provement has taken place in the 
quality of pictures presented dur- 
ing the last three months. If that 
experience can be taken as an 
augury for the future, there is a 
particularly bright time looming 
for picture fans, for the screen 
products lately have been up to 
the highest standard in every way. 
There has been a fine discretion 
exercised in the stories, the acting 
has been exceedingly good, and 
even great in some instances, 
and the production has been fitting 
in every case — that is to say, that 
brains have been allowed to rule 
rather than encouragement being 
given to the whims of those stars, 
whose opulence is such that they 
can afford the luxury of a private 
studio, for private productions of 
their own particular fancies. We 
have a notion that such indul- 
gence will run its course very 
quickly, for on the real or screen 
stage — they are all alike — stars can 
never get it out of their heads that 
the public can get enough or too 
much of them. In no instance 
where the producer has been 
subordinate to the star has 
a great picture been produced , 
nor will it ever be. " The 
looker-on sees most of the game" 
is a very old saying, and it holds 
good in the making of pictures. 
Notably good pictures, grave and 
gay, which have come under at- 
tention during the last month have 

been Griffith's "Way Down Bast," 
4 'The Affairs of Anatol," with a 
surprising all-star cast; " The 
Kid," in which Chaplinesque hum- 
our is cleverly blended with 
pathos; " Molly 0," which sees 
Mabel Normand at her best ; * ' Con- 
flict" with the indefatigable Pris- 
cilla Dean; and "No Woman 
Knows" based on the clever Edna 
Furber's story, "Fanny, Herself." 
It is scarcely necessary to say 
that these pictures have been draw- 
ing all kinds of money. "Way 
Down East" broke all records by 
running over four weeks in Wel- 
lington, and the Chaplin film had 
completed its fifth week at the 
time of writing. "The play's the 
thing," whether it be on screen or 
stage, and we are now getting the 
finest quality in screen produc- 
tions that the world can offer. 



Once again the theatrical cards 
have been shuffled in Australia. 
This time Mr. Hugh J. Ward re- 
signs his interest in J. C. William- 
son, Ltd., and forms a company — 
an entirely new enterprise — in 
which Messrs. Sir Benjamin Fuller 
and his brother John, and no less 
a personality than Melba are con- 
cerned. What this foretells for the 
theatre-lovers only the future can 
tell, but Mr. Ward evidently 
played his cards well, for no sooner 
had he completed the dress rehear- 
sal of " Johnny, Get Your Gun," 
than Hughie got his gun and fired 
in his resignation, making a full 
statement detailing his intentions 
of hiking off to America to secure 
new plays for the latest company. 

We are in the possession of infor- 
mation to the effect that he will be 
joined at San Francisco by Benja- 
min Fuller, junr., who will proceed 
to New York and London in 
search of the very latest attrac- 
tions, which may be anything, we 
are told, from grand opera to vau- 
deville, not omitting concert artists, 
so that it is evident the new com- 
pany intends to buck the William- 
son-Tait management in all its 
branches. It looks for the moment 
as though the public will be the 
gainer by this vigorous competi- 
tion, but the years may reveal that 
it is only the prelude to an even 
greater combination of interests 
than exists at present. You never 
can tell. 

A Producer in New Zealand 


Among the recent arrivals from 
Home by the Remuera was Mr. Jack 
Lovelace, a cinema producer of 
standing in America and England, 
who has certain well-denned ideas 
about utilising New Zealand splendid 
backgrounds for the production of 
pictures, which he is quite confident 
will find a market overseas. Mr. 
Lovelace states, that he was the pro- 
ducer of "The Cheat " (with Sessue 
Hayakawa), "From the Manger to 
the Cross," " Closed Doors," 
"Through the Mirror" (with Mary 
Pickford), "Sand" (with Bill Hart), 
and many others, and says that he 
has taken pictures in most parts of 
the world. His initial idea is to form 
a company to set up a proper studio, 
at a place to be selected, and then to 
set right in and train his staff and 
players. He does not want actors 
and actresses of experience, arguing 
that they have preconceived notions 
as to how they should look and act, 
which notions do not always agree 
with those of the producer. Mr. 
Lovelace appears to be quite sure 
that there is a future for picture pro- 
duction in New Zealand. 

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1st May. 1922. 

The Taylor Murder. 


Dead Man of the Highest Character. — Sheep-farmed in 

New Zealand. — Dull Time in the Studios. 

"The Sea Hath its Charms." 


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 1922. 

The movie game is certainly hav- 
ing a bad run just now. No sooner 
has the upheaval caused by the Ar- 
buckle scandal subsided than a fresh 
sensation comes in the shocking mur- 
der of William Desmond Taylor, fam- 
ous director, at his Hollywood home. 
Not that there is an analogy between 
the two cases, for Taylor was a man 
of the highest character and integ- 
rity, representative of the best and 
most admirable section of the Holly- 
wood community, and from what 
clues are available at the time of 
writing apparently met his death at 
the hands of a powerful "dope"-ped- 
dling ring, as a reprisal for his de- 
termined fight against the growing 
menace of the drug evil. But the 
" Yellow Press " here cares nothing 
for character if there is a chance to 
increase its sales by cheap sensations 
and so every scrap of the dead man's 
private papers and belongings have 
been dragged forth, and any movie 
star who, by letter, photo, or any- 
thing else could be connected with 
him (and he had many friends, being 
a man of rare personal charm) has 
been subjected to interviews, at 
which the questions and innuendoes 
of the reporters all tried to smirch 
the character of Taylor, his profes- 
sion, and everything and everyone 
connected with it. So well, in fact, 
has this section of the press suc- 
ceeded that from all parts of the 
country have come editorial protests 
and fresh condemnation of the whole 
industry, so much so that the origin- 
ators now find themselves forced to 
the necessity of rushing to the de- 
fence of everything they have been 
traducing, lest this lucrative industry 
— Los Angeles's biggest business — 
should be lost to them altogether. 

Taylor, who was an Englishman, 
and incidentally spent a couple of 
years in N.Z. farming in the Auck- 
land province before he came to 
U.S.A. and felt the lure of the pic- 
ture game, served with distinction 
with the Canadian forces during the 
world war, and was therefore ten- 
dered a full British military funeral; 
. at which, thanks to the press public- 
ity aforesaid, the beautiful words of 
the Church of England service were 
drowned by the howling and batter- 
ing of the mob outside, who rushed 
the chuTch in their struggles to see 
the movie stars who had come to pay 
a last tribute to their friend. Mabel. 

Normand, who was one of Taylor's 
closest friends, and was with him 
within an hour of his death, has been 
the chief recipient of these press at- 
tentions, in addition to being se- 
verely "grilled" by the Police De- 
partment, with the result that she is 
now in retirement in a very serious 
state of collapse. Douglas Maclean 
and his wife, and Edna Purvlance, 
who were Taylor's immediate neigh- 
bours, as well as Mary Miles Minter, 
Claire Windsor, Antonio Moreno, 
Winifred Kingston, and Mack Sen- 
nett are also among those who have 
been drawn into the limelight over 
this most tragic affair. 

Naturally, this new sensation 
served to kill the already waning in- 
terest in the Arbuckle case, and even 
the surprising 10 to 2 verdict for 
conviction at his second trial aroused 
only a languid comment. Over here, 
more than anywhere else we know 
of, the public wants its news served 
fresh and piping hot, and the jury 
that disagreed at the first trial killed 
Fatty's hopes of a come-back as ef- 
fectually as if it had convicted him. 
Had he been acquitted then, the wave 
of public hysteria that showed itself 
in the kissing, flower-throwing 
crowds that greeted him on his re- 
lease on bail, might even have car- 
ried him back to popularity despite 
the opposition of the censors and re- 
formers — but he has now committed 
the unforgiveable sin of remaining on 
the public stage long after the pub- 
lic has tired of him, and with the 
glamour once gone, he is merely a 
rather vulgar fat man, with a lot of 
unpleasant associations, and, as such, 
is inevitably destined for oblivion, 
whatever the outcome of the third 
trial may be. 

Part-Time Studios 

Whether these matters have served 
to upset the balance of the picture 
industry, or whether it is still suffer- 
ing from the financial "gout" brought 
on by a too rich diet of over-high sal- 
aries, matters are certainly none too 
satisfactory, especially with the big 
studios. The only one of these work- 
ing anything like full time is the 
Famous Players-Lasky, which seems ' 
to be trying to make a "corner" of 
all the stars let out by the other 
studios. Goldwyn is closed down 
completely for at least three months, 
and Tom Moore, the last of its stars 
to go, has followed Will Rogers to 


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the Lasky lot, where he is getting 
ready to eo-star with Betty Compson 
in a Sir Gilbert Parker story. Metro 
is still closed indefinitely; Fox work- 
ing only intermittently, Universal 
likewise. The day of the big studio 
seems to be passing. Meantime, 
German films continue to show with 
out opposition, though none of the 
recent offerings have even faintly ap- 
proached the standard set by " Pas- 
sion." By the way, Ernst Lubitch, 
famous as the director of the last- 
named picture, came to America 
with the intention of producing here, 
but, claiming that he was regardert 
as an "unfriendly person" by the 
American actors, and that he re- 
ceived several threatening letters, 
suddenly packed up and returned to 
Germany without getting as far as 

A Hun Male Vamp 

There is one Hun in America, how- 
ever, who has every reason to feel 
pleased with his reception, and that 
is Count Erich von Stroheim, super- 
villain and he-vamp, whose long- 
awaited million-dollar production, 
"Foolish Wives," staTted last Wed- 
nesday at the Mission on what pro- 
mises to be a record run. Von Stro- 
heim, who plays the part of a pseudo- 
Russian count, with a speciality of 
vamping trusting females out of their 
money, sets a new era in screen vil- 
lainy, outclassing even the most am- 
bitious efforts of Theda Bara or 
Louise Glaum, and when, after pro- 
gressing through a dazzling array of 
futuristic bathrobes and silk pyjamas 
he capped the climax by going to 
sleep under black silk bedclothes, the 
sophisticated first-night audience, 
composed very largely of the stars of 
the movie firmament, was moved to 
exclamations of surprise and admira- 
tion at his artistic turpitude. There 
may be many conflicts of opinion as 
to the merits of the story itself, but 
as regards the lavishness of the pro- 
duction, the brilliance of the direc- 
tion, the marvellous sets, and the 
wonderfully clever acting of the cast, 
headed, of course, by von Stroheim 
himself, there can be no argument 
whatever. The principal female lead 
is played by Miss Dupont, daughter 
of the multi-millionaire powder man- 
ufacturers of America. Duponts, by 
the way, are stated to be coming back 
into the movie game again, via Gold- 
wyn, with whom they were previ- 
ously associated, but withdrew 
through dissatisfaction with the 
financial management of the corpora- 
tion, which withdrawal was mainly 
the cause of the decline of the Gold- 
wyn star. 

" The Worlds Mistress ,f 

Coming back again for a mo- 
ment to the matter of foreign 
films. Cecil de Mille, who has 
just returned from an extended 
European tour, accompanied by a re- 
markably efficient attack of rheuma- 
tic fever, has also brought a stupend- 
ous European production in 25 reels, 

entitled "The World's Mistress," 
which is to be released in five weekly 
instalments of five reels each. 

Sea Pictures 

Everything in the movies seems to 
run in cycles, and the present one 
seems to be a sea cycle, to judge 
from the crop of stories with a nau- 
tical setting which are showing or to 
be released. Dorothy Dalton's latest 
"Moran of the Lady Letty," is a real 
seafaring romance, with a girl mate, 
a mutiny, and Rudolph Valentino as 
a shanghaied society idler. Then 
there is Harold Lloyd's first 
five-reeler, " A Sailox Made Man," 
and Dick Barthelmess's "The Seventh 
Day," and Hope Hampton's "The Isle 
of Dead Ships," and Anita Stewart's 
"Rose o' the Sea," and R. A. Walsh's 
"Kindred of the Dust," Katherine 
MacDonald's " The Infidel," Hobart 
Bosworth's "The Sea Lion," and half 
a dozen more that depend on the lure 
of the salt sea waves for their at- 
mosphere. And while we are on the 
subject, we had a real bit of the sea 
atmosphere a week or two ago, when 
H.M.S. Raleigh, the flagship of the 
British West Indies Squadron, with 
Vice-Admiral Pakenham in com- 
mand (the same Pakenham who for- 
merly commanded our own New Zea- 
land), spent a week in Santa Monica 

Bay, and gave us a chance to put our 
foot for an hour or two on British 
territory once more. Incidentally, to 
disgress from our main topic tor a mo- 
ment, the Raleigh is the latest thing 
off the stocks, is G03 feet long (the 
longest vessel in the Navy), and on 
her speed trials, made on the way up 
from Panama, reached and main- 
tained the very satisfactory speed of 
35 knots per hour. Naturally, all 
the. officers and crew (a. fine, up- 
standing lot of men, every one of 
them wearing the 1914 star), were 
keenly interested in the Hollywood 
studios, and were afforded plenty ot 
opportunities for seeing how pictures 
are made, and shaking hands with 
their favourite star. Admiral Pak- 
enham himself visited the Lasky and 
Mack Sennett lots. On the latter he 
made the acquaintance of a couple of 
young bear cubs, which a Seattle ad- 
mirer recently sent to Mabel Nor- 
mand. The cubs, on their part, took 
a great fancy to the Admiral — so 
much so that one of them insisted on 
trying to climb the Admiral's leg, ne- 
cessitating a huried visit to the 
wardrobe department — also the ap- 
plication of several lengths of stick- 
ing-plaster. Among those who found 
their way on to the Chas. Ray lot, 
were several Cockney sailors, who, 
on being presented to Ray himself, 



We have already re- 
produced Miss Shields 
as she appears in some 
of her fascinating char- 
acterisations, but, in 
response to readers' re- 
quests, we now publish 
this photo, of her own 
sweet self. 


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1st May, 1922. 


By the World's Greatest 

"Les filles de Cadiz" (Delibes), by 

"When Chloris Sleeps " (Samu- 
els), by Galli-Curci. 

"By the Waters of Minnetonka" 
(Lieurance), by Dame Nellie 

"Ave Maria" (Schubert), by John 

"Molly on the Shore" (Percy 
Grainger), Flonzaley Quartet 

"By the Brook" (Wetzgar) and 
"The Nightingale" (Donjon), 
John Lemmone, pianoforte 
accompaniment, by Dame 

Air for G String (Bach), by 
Mischa Elman. 

"Little House of Blessing" (Lohr) 
by Madame Kirkby Lunn. 

Sextette/'Lucia de Lammermoor," 
by Caruso, Gaili - Curci, 
Egener, Journet, De Luca, 
and Bada. 

"Ave Maria" (Italian version), by 
the late Caruso. 

"Two Serenades" (Leoncavallo), 
by Caruso. 

"Ave Maria" (Kahn), by Caruso. 

"Had You But Known" (Denza), 
by Caruso. 

"The Ride of the Valkyries" 
(Wagner), Philadelphia Or- 

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proceeded to tell him how they had 
enjoyed his films. Said one: "I en- 
joyed that one of yours I saw at 
Bermuda — 'Only Two Seconds 
More,' " while another said he pre- 
ferred "The Egg Crate Bash." Char- 
lie, having missed the advantages of 
a Cockney education, was thoroughly 
puzzled until a bystander elucidated 
that they were referring to " Two 
Minutes to Go" and "The Egg Crate 

Pauline Frederick's Marriage 

One of the biggest surprises of re- 
cent months has been tne marriage 
of Pauline Frederick, who slipped 
down to Santa Ana, tne Gretna Green 
of California, with her second cousin 
and childhood sweetheart, Dr. Cnas. 
A. Rutherford, of Seattle — accom- 
panied only by four intimate friends 
as witnesses. Maybe it was only a 
coincidence that tne wedding took 
place on the night that her ex-hus- 
band, WiUard Mack, with Iiis new 
bride (formerly Beatrice Stone, act- 
ress) opened a vaudeville entertain- 
ment at Pantages Theatre here I 
Well, here's wishing Pauline lifelong 
happiness in her third matrimonial 
venture — no one could deserve it 
more. Mack's season here, we may 
add, has just come to an abrupt end- 
ing, through one of Jiis periodic "ill- 
nesses," which has confined him in 
hospital — the same sort of " ill- 
nesses " that were the basis of Paul- 
ine's suit for divorce — so evidently 
Mack's fourth venture is hardly 
likely to turn out any more happily 
than the previous ones. Pity that so 
talented a man should have such an 
incurable failing! 

Lottie Pickford Married 

Another recent wedding was that 
of Lottie Pickford, who actually let 
Dame Rumour win out by marrying 
Alan Forrest. The wedding was 
quite a big social event, with brother 
Jack to give the bride away, " our 
Mary" as matron of honour, Hoot 
Gibson, Al Rosco© and Harry Conn 
as ushers, and Doug., still sporting 
his D'Artagnan moustache, as master 
of ceremonies. The wedding party 
had great difficulty in getting away, 
owing to the huge crowds waiting 
outside. The wedding breakfast 
guests included Tom Moore and his 
wife, Mabel Normand, Lila Lee, Bebe 
Daniels, and Mary Miles Minter. 

Scarcely was the wedding excite- 
ment over, when Doug, and Mary 
had to make a hurried trip to New 
York, where Miss Pickford is the de- 
fendant in a 100,000 dollars suit over 
her last contract with Famous Play- 
ers. On his return, Doug., who seems 
to have decided to stick to costume 
plays, is to produce "Robin Hood," in 
which Enid Bennett makes her re- 
turn to the screen as Maid Marian. 

A New Stunt 

Although it is easier to break out 
of Sing Sing than to break ipto the 
studios to see the movies being made, 
travellers to Los Angeles have an op- 

portunity every Tuesday of seeing 
nlms in the making out at the Holly- 
wood Legion Stadium, where the vari- 
ous companies take turns at doing 
scenes from their current productions, 
the proceeds going to the Disabled 
Veterans' Fund. Went out last week 
ourselves, and saw Norma Talmadge, 
supported by Conway Tearle, of the 
soulful eyebrows, Irving Cummings, 
and Rosemary Theby, do a scene 
from Balzac's "Duchess of Langeais," 
the most ambitious thing Norma has 
yet attempted. 

The revival of old successes still 
continues. Mary Pickford is to re- 
film her greatest success, " Tess of 
the Storm Country." Fox also is to 
give us another version of "The 
Vampire," but so far has not decided 
who is to play the part that first 
brought Theda Bara into the public 
eye. Theda, by the way, has gone 
into vaudeville with her husband. 
Can you imagine Theda as a busy lit- 
tle housewife, mending hubby's 
shirts and baby's socks? 

Bull Montana — Star 

Who would you choose as the next 
actor due for starring honours? No 
— you're wrong — it's Bull Montana, 
of the famous cauliflower ear, who 
has signed a contract to star in two- 
reel comedy features. Up till now, 
Will Rogers has remained unchal- 
lenged as the homeliest star in the 
movies, but now he must hand over 
the crown and sceptre to the hand- 
some "Bool." 

Alice Brady's Divorce 

After the marriage column, the di- 
vorce news is always in order, so it is 
now time to mention that Alice 
Brady has secured her separation 
from husband Frank Crane, and cele- 
brated it by signing a contract with 
Famous Flayers-Lasky. She is due 
in Hollywood shortly to start work — 
so evidently the story must have lost 
the address, or something of that 
sort. Another interesting divorce 
case that has been settled recently is 
that of the Valentino's, which ended 
in matinee-idol Rudolph being 
awarded the decree against Jean 

More Matrimonial Troubles 

Matrimonial troubles are not the 
only ones the movie game is heir to. 
Take Marguerite Clayton, for in- 
stance, who is now suing Pathe Ex- 
change and George B. Seitz for the 
trifling sum of 50,000 dollars for in- 
juries received in a recent serial. She 
claims that during a scene, in which 
she was placed on a bell-buoy in a 
tank of water, with appliances to 
create the similitude of a storm at 
sea, the iron pipe which was being 
. pushed out for Charles Hutchinson 
to swim bravely to her rescue on, 
struck her in the face, causing in- 
juries which will mar her face and 
reduce her professional acting capac- 
ity. Apart from illustrating the risks 
run by the hapless heroines of the "to 

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be continued in our next's," the inci- 
dent is a striking commentary on the 
real stuff of which our dare-devil 
serial stars are made. It is not so 
long since Helen Holmes, "the Rail- 
road Queen/' was sued for breach ot 
contract because she objected to wet- 
ting her clothing in order to continue 
on a scene in which a double, acting 
for her, had effected a thrilling res- 
cue in the rapids! 

A New Star 

There are not many new stars be- 
ing created nowadays, which makes 
all the more interesting the an- 
nouncement that Charles Chaplin is 
to star Edna Purviance, who has 
been his leading woman ever since she 
first entered the films in the old Es- 
sanay days. It is hinted that her 
first picture will be a costume play, 
and that Syd. Chaplin will direct it. 
It will be made at Chaplin's own 
studio, but no announcement is 
forthcoming as to who is to replace 
Edna as Charlie's lead. 

Wedding Bells 

We find we closed the matrimonial 
column too soon, for we omitted to 
announce that Edward Kimball, fam- 
ous as the father of the divine Clara, 
and who usually appears in her pro- 
ductions, has taken to himself a 
bride — Mrs. Herman Whitaker, 
widow of the famous war correspond- 
ent and novelist. Wonder how Clara 
(who is nothing if not tempera- 
mental) enjoys having a stepmother, 
who, from her pictures, seems 
scarcely older than she herself. 

Another forthcoming marriage is 
that of Harry ("Snub") Pollard, who 
is shortly to wed his leading lady, 
Marie Mosquini. The couple plan to 
take a honeymoon trip to Australia, 
where Pollard's parents are still liv- 
ing. By-the-bye, Toby Claude has 
just arrived here to take up work in 
films, and another heralded arrival is 
Lupino Lane. The British colony in 
the picture game is growing steadily 
all the time. 

A Portable Outfit 

It would be hard to find a spot on 
the earth to-day where moving pic- 
tures are not shown to-day. The 
latest device is a portable moving 
picture outfit, which is so light that 
it can be trailed all over the frozen 
north via dog sledge, so that now 
the Eskimo belles can learn to coif- 
fure their hair a la Gloria Swanson, 
and the Eskimo bucks learn to swag- 
ger like Doug. Fairbanks. This may 
be termed reciprocity in the fullest 
sense — they send us canned salmon, 
and we send them canned "draru- 

IT IS NOT generally known that Will 
Rogers, the Goldwyn star, was once a 
member of the Australian institution 
— Wirth's Circus. 

A Sonata Recital 

Idealists are the units of progress 
in this world. In music there are so 
many who, unlike Charles Lamb, 
profess an admiration for the best in 
music, but are never seen when good 
music is offered them, even by those 
who are Qualified to present it. They 
may go to hear Clara Butt, but no 
one would suggest that the great 
contralto has her eye on anything but 
the main chance. She — and I have 
no quarrel with her — is one of those 
singers who give the public what 
they want, and tarry not to experi- 
ment with something higher and 
holier. So the popular concert is the 
more certain medium of producing 
box office results than the classical 
concert, where the high imaginings 
of the great are made to live again. 
This is common knowledge. It was 
therefore with some gratification that 
I noticed that the Wellington Concert, 
Chamber was nearly half-filled to 
hear the violin and pianoforte recital 
given by Miss Ava Symons and Mr. 
Bernard F. Page on March 30. It 
was with some small misgivings that 
I read the programme — three Son- 
atas by Handel, Beethoven, and 
Lekeu, two acknowledged genii, and 
one who was " blasted before his 
bloom," yet, withal, of the elect. 
Both violinist and pianist quickly de- 
monstrated that they were au fait 
with the work presented. The Han- 
del number was thoroughly charac- 
teristic of the graceful style and 
melodic grace of the German-English 
composer, being played with a suav- 
ity and feeling that commanded ad- 
miration. In the Beethoven sonata 
the superb depths of emotion, pas- 
sionate and poignant, were expressed 
with uncommon beauty; but it was 
in the Lekeu sonata (composed by a 
pupil of Caesar Franck, who died 
when only 24 years of age) that 
Miss Symons and Mr. Page succeeded 
in completely captivating the audi- 
ence by a splendid exposition of what 
is really a very beautiful and appeal- 
ing contribution to the world's best 
music. They showed, in a marked 
degree, a fine affinity in interpreta- 
tion, and earned at its conclusion 
something in the nature of an ova- 
tion. Their next sonata recital, on 
May 10, should attract an overflow- 
ing audience, for here we have two 
idealists, unafraid of expressing them- 

selves in an age of jazz and ragtime 
too pitiable for words. We have 
long known the capacity of Miss 
Symons, but Mr. Page's mastery at 
the pianoforte was an awakening 
and delightful surprise. 

Irish Concert in Wellington 

St. Patrick's Night in Wellington 
saw the Irish assembled in full force 
at the Town Hall, with the N.Z. flag 
sharing equal honours with the Stars 
and Stripes on the choir rails. You 
can alw r ays trust the Irish for a good 
programme. They employ the very 
best talent, and give full measure for 
the prices charged. This concert was 
no exception to the rule. Miss Mabel 
Esquilant, Miss Winnie Fraser, Miss 
Eileen Uriscoll, Messrs. Herbert 
Wood, G. Andrews, and the Lyric 
Quartet sang songs of Ireland with 
all the fervour of natives in a man- 
ner that met with entire approval. If 
asked to name the best items of the 
evening I should nominate Miss Es- 
quilant in "Kate O'Shane," Mr. An- 
drews in "O'Donnell Aboo," and Mr. 
Wood in "A Little Bit of Heaven." 
Mr. Goodall played a cornet solo 
with delightful suavity of tone, and 

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Mr. L. Hanlon recited. The Marist 
Brothers* boys also sang pleasantly 
in chorus, and an orchestra, under 
Mr. W. McLaughlan, rendered airs 
redolent of the Ould Sod. The ac- 
companiments were admirably played 
by Mr. Harold Whittle. There was 
also a four-handed Irish reel by a 
quartet of children, and shapely 
Thelma McKenzie tripped blithely 
through an Irish jig. Och, 'twas a 
foine concert entirely. "God Save 
Ireland" took the place of the Na- 
tional Anthem at the conclusion. 

Coming of the Sistine Choir 

The well-known Australian en- 
tempreurs, Messrs. E. J. and Dan 
Carroll, are to conduct the manager- 
ial side of the Sistine Chapel Choir 
tour, which will extend to New Zea- 
land for one month. Mr. Leo. D. 
Chateau, the Carroll's New Zea- 
land representative, reports having 
booked a splendid tour, which will 
take in, besides the four centres, all 
the provincial towns with a popula- 
tion exceeding 15,000. His Grace 
Archbishop Redwood and the Coad- 
jutor, Archbishop O'Shea, have, 
through their respective secretaries, 
volunteered their best interest and 
encouragement, and there can be 
no doubt that the visit of this dis- 
tinguished choir will mark a most 
notable event in the musical history 
of New Zealand. This Sistine Chapel 
Choir, which has won the homage of 
such masters as Mozart, Mendelssohn, 
Mascagni, Verdi, Gounod, and all the 
great conductors of the day, is com- 
posed of 60 voices. It is now in the 
fifth century of its existence, and 
the singing of the present members, 
trained by the great composer, Per- 
ousi, and conducted by the famous 
Monsignor Rella, is said to be a reve- 
lation. The whole of the programme 
will be rendered without the aid of 
any instrumental accompaniment, 
and will include a wonderful variety 
of music, ranging from joyous mad- 
rigals of ancient and modern times 
to ancient Requiems and Te Deums. 

Rosina Buckman 

Miss Rosina Buckman, soon to 
carol in her native New Zealand, is 
the only English-speaking singer 
that has ever been invited to sing at 
the Milan Grand Opera House, and it 
was arranged that the popular New 
Zealander should appear there in 
April this year, but owing to her 
Australasian tour, her visit there will 
probably have to be postponed until 
a later date. Miss Buckman is one 
of the few singers of the present day 
who has achieved great distinction 
both in grand opera and concerts — 
she is equally at home in both classes 
of work, and in the concert world 
she sings with the same remarkable 
success in oratoTio, classical songs, 
and ballads. Recently the famous 
star sung three times in one week at 
the Queen's Hall, once at a symphony 
concert with orchestra, once in an 
oratorio performance, and the third 

time at one of the Chappell ballad 
concerts. Miss Buckman is the idol 
of the Chappell Ballad audience, and 
Mr. William Boosey, the director of 
the concerts, wrote to her, when he 
learnt that she was to leave England 
for her Australasian tour, that he 
did not know how he was going to 
replace her, as she was their biggest 
draw, and there would be a big gap 
until her return. 

Miss Buckman and Mr. D'Oisley 
will be supported by Miss Adelina, 
Leon the gifted English 'cellist, and 
that brilliant accompanist, Mr. Percy 
Kahn, who was here with Mischa 
Elman. The inclusion of two such 
consummate artists completes a happy 

According to advices received by 
Mr. E. J. Graves tock, Miss Buckman 
and Mr. Maurice D'Oisely were to 
have sailed from England for Wel- 
lington by the Ionic on April 9. That 
should mean that they will arrive in 
Wellington towards the latter end of 
May. The N.Z. tour is to be com- 
menced in Auckland. 

Hugh J. Ward and Melba 

On behalf of Hugh Ward Theatres, 
Ltd., Mr. Hugh Ward announced on 
September 17 (says the "Sydney 
Morning Herald") that, after consul- 
tation with Dame Nellie Melba, they 
had agreed to bring to Australia 
some of the world's greatest concert 
artists. It would now all depend upon 
the arrangements of the artists whom 
he and Dame Nellie Melba had in 
mind. They were wanted in many- 
parts of the world, but he would 
make a really great effort to bring 
them to Australia under his and 
Dame Nellie's joint management. "I 
am leaving by the Makura," said Mr. 
Ward, "with this strong purpose in 
mind, in an endeavour to secure all 
sorts of material. I have approached 
several of these artists before, but 
it seems that not only Europe, but 
North and South America, is open to 
them, and I found it difficult to make 
any definite arrangements. But with 
Dame Nellie Melba's association and 
assurance, I hope to arrange with 
some of them at least, as they have a 
great regard and interest for her, 
and as one of the world's greatest 
artists will have effect upon them, 
especially to assist her in her high 
endeavour to maintain only the high- 
est standard of art in the concert 
world." Continuing, Mr. Ward said 
that Mr. John Lemmone would be as- 
sociated with him and Dame Nellie 
Melba in the venture. It was neces- 
sary that a concert manager of his 
rare skill should assist in exploiting 
the artists they had in mind. Mr. 
Ward added that if he had fortune in 
the present venture, he and Dame 
Nellie Melba had in view a big musi- 
cal scheme by which he was sure the 
public would be greatly benefited. 
This latest enterprise was due to 
Dame Nellie Melba's splendid encour- 
agement and advice and whole- 
hearted offer of assistance. 

1st May, 1922. 

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" Penelope " 

Somerset Maugham's comedy 
" Penelope" is being revived by the 
Marie Tempest-Graham Browne Com- 
pany on the present tour. It is one 
of the most perfect light comedies 
written during the last decade, and 
in the hands of this company, every 
ounce is got out of it. "Penelope/' 
who with the aid of her "sainted 
mother," and "noble father" 
straightens up her straying spouse 
in a manner so unusual and yet 
so effective, gives wives something to 
think about, and shows roving hus- 
bands that Maugham knows what he 
is talking about. Miss Tempest is at 
her best when given a full quiver of 
airy cynicisms and sarcasms to shoot 
at her victims. She does everything 
so perfectly — gesture, finger-play, 
inflection and expression — that there 
is no chink left in the armour of her 
artistry, for the most conscientious cri- 
tic to cavil at. Mr. Browne is delight- 
fully glib and whimsical as the philan- 
dering husband; and Mr. Ashton 
Jarry is capital as the "noble 
father." Mr. F. Allanby is 
to the manner born as a 
silly old toady, with an unconcealed 
weakness for the peerage and any 
pretty face that comes under his 
notice. Miss Marie Ney's bit as the 
doctor's widow is one of the broadest 
and most effective comedy scenes in 
the play. 

Wirths Circus 

Auckland destroyed a £150,000 
dock a few years ago for the purpose 
of making a triangular bit of waste 
ground. Wirths* Circus uses it once 
in two years, so the Harbour Board 
hope to recoup themselves — in time. 
Apropos "the greatest show on earth" 
times are so hard in the Queen City 
that all the people who clamoured to 
pay 7s. (and less) couldn't get in. 
A capacity crowd heaved its wealth 
at the pay cart, and influxes of peo- 
ple who couldn't get seats rushed in 
and stood in serried phalanx — block- 
ing the view of the "settees." Even 
the stalwart shirt front and red 
handkerchief of Phil. Wirth did not 
curb the angry passions of the multi- 
tude, and the ticket cart paid back 
£50 to infuriated patrons. The Jap. 
troupe Uyenos are easily the most 

diamantiferous astonishment, their 
manipulation and pedipulation par- 
alysing trained accountants who have 
juggled with figures for years. You 
may try the chief feat (not feet) of 
the chief Uyenos by lying on your 
back and spinning your offspring at 
350 revolutions per minute with 
your toes. The elder Jap. (who 
speaks quaint English with a Yank 
accent) told me that in Japan it Is 
considered impossible to obtain per- 
fection in their art in one genera- 
tion. He himself belongs to a family 
that has been exclusively addicted to 
tumbling, juggling, and equilibristic 
feats since the 15th century. The 
Uyenos are total abstainers from al- 
cohol, not even the beloved "sake" 
of their ancestors tempting them. 
They are also ardent vegetarians. 
Prohibition politicians whose prog- 
eny for the next six generation* es- 
chew alcohol and flesh will be able to 
do treble handsprings and spin their 
lesser brethren from foot to foot. 
» * * 

Boyd, of Onehunga and his Motor 

J. J. Boyd, of "The Anchorage," 
Evans Bay, is better known in Auck- 
land than he is in Wellington, though 
he is quite well known in the Empire 
City, where he owns some 200 odd 
houses (chiefly in Kilbirnie South). 
In Auckland he is known chiefly as 
the proprietor of the Onehunga 
"Zoo," and the man who has fought 
the local borough council for a matter 
of 15 years — and it still fighting. The 
borough council thought they had 
beaten the old man when it decided 
that the animals must not be in the 
"Zoo" more than five days in any one 
week. They did not know their man. 
Mr. Boyd bowing to the borough 
ukase, at once converted his "Zoo" 
into an itinerant show; had motor 
vans built for the animals, a motor 
caravan fitted up with bunks, stove 
and every convenience, and it is now a 
common sight to see the Royal Oak 
"Zoo" out in the country, and perform- 
ances of trained lions (11), bears and 
monkeys provide a unique show at 1/- 
and 6d. (amusement tax paid.) Saw 
the show arrive at Devonport 
(Auckland) recently, and who 
should be at the wheel of the 
leading vehicle but Mr. Boyd himself 
—off for a two days' season at Taka- 

puna. Mr. Boyd tells me that his in- 
come is about £8000 a year. The 
"Zoo" as a travelling show did not al- 
ways pay, but that did not matter. 
When he found that the farmers 
could not afford 1/6 to see his show, 
he lowered the price to 1/-, children 
Gd., and as he did not like the tax (Id. 
on the 1/-) he decided to pay it him- 
self. His own son is the lion-tamer 
and trainer, and according to Mr. 
Boyd gives a very fine performance. 
Mr. Boyd also has a menagerie at 
Wanganui. Wild animals are his 
hobby, probably because he is the 
mildest, cleanest, and most straight- 
forward of little men. Even when 
people in Wellington used to complain 
about the houses he built at Kilbirnie 
South, Mr. Boyd used to reply in the 
press, signing himself "J. J. Boyd, 
Jerry Builder." It was the same man 
who was permitted to wander about 
the camps behind Mons and Flers in 
1915, giving away money to needy 
officers and men, and heartening up 
the weary and distressed. He may 
have been regarded as a quaint old 
eccentric, but many a British soldier 
has cause to remember the little man 
who always had his hand in his pocket, 
and was not averse to drawing it out 
well filled with francs. 

On Circus Clowns 

J'ever notice that nearly all circus 
clowns come from the North of Eng- 
land, and bring the jokes that were 
translated into English after the 
Norman Conquest? It is true that 
far the largest number of show-peo- 
ple come from Yorkshire or Lanca- 
shire, circus riders, tumblers, clowns, 
chorus girls, beauty actors, real act- 
ors, postcard actors, panto, "dames" 
— and REAL actresses. I do not 
complain of the hoar frost on the cir- 
cus clown's jests, because if a clown 
exuded a new joke he'd be sacked. It 



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1st May, 1922. 


Ella Shields 

London's Ideal of Ideals. 

The English Vaudeville Celebrity, 
whose fascinating personality has 
won the hearts of every Australian. 
Supported by a Delightful Company, 


e. The South African Jazz Violinist. 


Dialect Comedian. 


A succession of Astounding Acrobatic 
Thrills, presented in polished manner 


The Comedy Cartoonist. 


The Miraculous Jap., in Sensations 
of the Orient. 


The most Artistic Singing and Musi- 
cal Act in Vaudeville. 


Queensland's Most Notable Pianist. 



In an amazing demonstration of 
Musical Mentalism. 


Wellington 15th to 20th April 

Wanganui . 21st April 

Stratford 22nd ApriJ 

Hawera 24th April 

New Plymouth 26th April 

Palmerston N. . . 27th & 28th April 

Auckland 1st to 6 th May 

(return season) 

Hamilton . . 8th and 9th May 

N.Z. Rep. of Harry Musgrove— 

distressed me exceedingly when 
Wirths' clowns forgot the historic 
witticism, "'Ere we are again!" 
* * m 

The Dixieland Cabaret 
Auckland is going gay — been and 
gone and built a tremendous place 
with more windows than all the 
churches put together, and are call- 
ing it "The Dixieland Cabaret." 
Can't make out why we New Zea- 
landers must imitate the Yanks even 
for a name. Well, Del Foster, who 
worked for J.C.W. for years and 
years Cand may be working for 'em 
now, for all I know) is running the 
place, and I should say the special 
floor would take about fifteen hun- 
dred dancing couples. They've im- 
ported a jazz band with a genius for 
sound, have a "dansant" every after- 
noon, tea, tattle, and Tersichore. The 
concern, which is situated in Upper 
Queen Street, past the Town Hall, 
will teach movie fans the art of act- 
ing before a camera, individual and 
synchronised stage dancing, and so 
forth. The building is a dazzler. Del 
told me it's the biggest "cabaret" 
outside the United States. 

* * • 

"My Lady of the Cave 9 ' 

"My Lady of the Cave," the all- 
New Zealand movie play, taken at 
Mayor Island, written by H. T. Gib- 
son, M.A., and produced by Rudall 
Hayward, draws Maoris inevitably, 
Te Puke is the little place where Rau, 
the darkie who plays the big eunuch, 
comes from, and when the picture 
went to Te Puke the Maori popula- 
tion, believing that Rau was a fair 
dinkum hero, filled the hall in one 
minute, while their dark relatives 
clamoured outside. The outsiders 
demanded a sight of the picture, and 
the operator was kept going till the 
wee sma' 'oors, amidst the shouts of 
"Ael" "Bosker!" "On its own!" 
"Boncer," and other Maori allusions. 
Poor old Gibson, a modest violet, told 
me the other day that its success al- 
most frightened him. 

The Maori as Actor 

Observing the natural aptitude of 
Maoris for acting and the ease with 
which the mildest Hone who ever 
pocketted the red can simulate canni- 
balistic ferocity, I came to the con- 
clusion that we don't implore the 
Maoris to come out and act, play, 
sing, dance and so on, because we 
are familiar with them. There is no 
breed of people who are more emo- 
tional or who can simulate emotion 
so well as the Maoris. All their 
social doings were staged and acted 
— from the reception of a tribe to 
eating a cousin and from dancing a 
haka to whining a tangi. A wahine 
heroine wouldn't have to glycerine 
when the villain had deserted her and 
her baby. She can cry without ad- 
ventitious aids. As my friend 
Ngata avers, the Maori people are re- 
vitalising and breeding well — plenty 
of Maori actors and actresses. 

"The Diggers/' 


What a record the Diggers have 
had! It isn't given to every theatri- 
cal company to be able to run for 
nearly five years and play in eight 
different countries to nearly a million 

The management of the company 
readily recognise that the show must 
now stand entirely on its merits, and 
with that in view have engaged some 
fine artists. 

Frank Perryn, comedian, was un- 
derstudy to Geo. Robey at the Hippo- 
drome, / London. He is the possessor 
of a fine baritone voice, and is very 
versatile, his Italian impressions be- 
ing excellent character studies. 

Joe Valli is an important importa- 
tion from England. He has been put- 
ting his sketch, "Tickets, Please," on 
at the Palladium in the foggy metro- 
polis with great success, and it speaks 
well for the enterprise of the man- 
agement that New Zealand is to be 
given an opportunity of seeing this 
very fine artist. 

Frank Moran was well known as a 
comedian at the front. When the ar- 
mistice was signed, Frank elected to 
try his luck on the English music- 
halls, with the result that he was kept 
busy until recently, when business 
reasons recalled him to Wellington. 
N.Z., and he was prevailed on to ac- 
cept an engagement with the Diggers. 

Bernard Beeby, the new baritone, 
is a valuable acquisition to the com- 
pany, he having played lead with J. 
C. Williamson's "Maid of the Moun- 
tains" Company. 

Ivan Marshall is a tenor singer 
whose songs are sure to be sung in 
every homestead. 

Besides the artists mentioned, 
there are still some of the old favour- 
ites, including Stan Lawson, the mis- 
leading lady, Gus Dawson, the bur- 
lesque dancer, and Tano Fama, the 
captain of comedy. 

An Innovation. 

During the last few months Auck- 
land theatre and picture habitues 
have been introduced to a breath of 
Australian enterprise in the shape of 
interval refreshments. We have be- 
come acclimatized to lollies as a 
happy interlude to an evenings enter- 
tainment, but, now, in dress circle, 
stalls and gallery we see the ice 
cream rapidly disappearing. Mr. Lon 
Symons has been responsible for the 
introduction of the innovation and 
his enterprize has won its own re- 
ward. The alluring ice-cream is 
served up in neat little cardboard 
boxes, with a sanitary wax covering 
and spoon thrown in. He has in- 
vested a considerable sum in mach- 
inery, and, under absolutely sanitary 
conditions, he is manufacturing not 
only the ice-cream product, but box 
and spoon as well. No doubt his 
activities will spread southwards 
when Auckland has thoroughly ac- 
quired the habit. 

1st May, 1922. 

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Making Magic for the 


America is dry, but there is no 
Sahara. But let the ingenious movie 
director wish for Sahara and there is 

The,re are plenty of waste areas 
near the film colony at Hollywood, 
so when the location man at the 
Paramount studio was notified that 
he must find a desert for "The Sheik" 
now showing to capacity business in 
New Zealand, he jumped in a car and 
in five hours found a fine stretch of 
barren sand along the coast south of 
Los Angeles. Here was to be Sahara. 

But that was only part of the prob- 
lem. No desert could be complete 
without its oasis, and no self-respect- 
ing sheik would think of camping 
anywhere but near an oasis. And 
Miss Hull's "Sheik" was a regular 
chieftain of the desert. So there had 
to be an oasis. 

Date palms do not grow in the 
sterile sands of the California coast. 
A movie studio is a veritable magic 
rug, however, and before the "Sheik" 
could get temperamental for his oasis 
Rudolph Bylek, Melford's cbief tech- 
nical expert, and a staff of carpenters 
and property men produced the date 
palms. They were made of fine strips 
of lumber, canvas and brown paint. 
Loaded on trucks, they were hauled 
to the desert, where they were 
"planted," to stand for two weeks, 
while Arab caravans sought their 
shelter from the burning sun. 

Had Aladdin appeared upon the 
scene and rubbed his magic lamp and 
wished for a cool, beautiful oasis in 
the midst of barren wastes, he could 
hardly have hoped for more efficient 
service than that rendered by the 
human genii, who know the tricks of 
their trade to perfection. The mills 
in a modern movie studio grind 
surely and quickly. 

Transplanting Sahara to the Cali- 
fornian coast was only one step in 
preparation for the scenes for the pic- 
ture. The casting department had to 
gather 200 Arabian horsemen and 75 . 
girls. And that isn't all. The horse- 
men had to have horses and the 
horses had to have saddles and 
bridles. Also there were camels to 
be found. Here was more work for 
the casting department and property 
men. Then the costume department 
got its share of work, for the ciark- 
skinned men have to have their tur- 
bans and flowing robes, while the 
women must be supplied with silks 
and laces, rags, and coarser materials 
of a bright colour. 

When all these details are com- 
pleted, the director was ready to 
"shoot" the scenes. This is more 
easily said than done, for with hun- 
dreds of horsemen and "extra" peo- 
ple it is quite impossible for a direc- 
tor to be heard through a mere meg- 
aphone. Consequently George Mel- 

ford employed a corps of buglers to 
blare out the signals for the "ac- 
tion." Then the desert locations be- 
came more like an army manoeuvr- 
ing ground than a movie camp. 

Merrie England 3 

A Curious Coincidence. 


Knowing that in launching the 
"N.Z. Theatre and Motion Picture," 
we had a friend and well-wisher in 
Mr. Will Lawson, a talented New 
Zealand poet, who deserves a lot more 
kudos than he gets, he was approached 
and asked to write something that 
would help. Good fellow that ne is, 
he at once consented — and, like all 
true poets, forgot. That is fifteen 
months ago. On a recent day he was 
reminded lightly of his promise, 
which he promised to fulfil without 
delay. The next morning we decided 
that Miss Hope Hampton should be 
honoured by having her por- 
trait on the cover of the 
present number of our journal, 
the picture she is to appear in being 
"Star Dust." One hour later Mr. 
Lawson's poem arrived in an enve- 
lope, and, with staggering strange- 
ness, it was called "Star Dust." It 
should be explained that Ml Lawson 
is not what anyone would designate 
a picture fan, and we are certain he 
had neither heard of Hope Hampton 
nor the Fanny Hurst picture that 
lady is to appear in shortly. We di- 
rect special attention to the poem, as 
the thought, which he has given so 
exquisite a setting, is an extremely 
beautiful one. 

" Star Dust 9 * 

(For the "N.Z. Theatre and 
Motion Picture.") 

Oh I white-robed ships that come and 
Your sails are like the souls of 
That are bound fast in earth-ways 
Lest they soar home to heaven 
again — 
Unurged, the earthly purpose tires; 
Unbound, the soul too fast would 
It is the spirit which aspires — 
That lifts dull minds towards the 

* * * 

Earth clings to earth, dead dust to 
Star calls to star, and no man 
Yet linked with earth, the star- songs 
Quicken with magic all our years. 
Fate in her wisdom made it so — 
That these unlinked were useless, 
She chained to hulls and bodies slow, 
The sails of ships and souls of men. 

Wellington, March 31st 1922. 

J. C. Williamson's Comic Opera I 
Company inaugurate a tour of the 
Dominion this month in Auckland, 
when the exquisite English comic 1 
opera, "Merrie England," will be 
played for the first time in New Zea- 
land. Composed by Edward German 
and written by Basil Hood, this is the 
opera that consoled the people of 
England for the loss of W. S. Gilbert 
and Arthur Sullivan. Its success in 
Australia was instantaneous and en- 
thusiastic, as the following criticism 
in the "Daily Telegraph," Sydney, 
shows:— "' Merrie England' is the 
greatest comic opera since Gilbert 
and Sullivan. Story of absorbing in- 
terest, with a delightful love romance 
interwoven. Every number is em- 
broidered with pearls of melody." 

The cast will include Chas. H. , 
Workman in his original role as 
played at the Savoy Theatre, London. 
Miss Ethel Morrison has scored her 
biggest success as Queen Elizabeth. 
A. Howett-Worster, who has a big 
English reputation, and C. Mettam, 
Victor Prince, John Ralston, Molly 
Tyrrell, Patti Russell, Byrl Walkely. 
together with" the famous chorus and 
orchestra of the popular Gilbert and 
Sullivan Company. Other operas to 
be presented are "The Chocolate Sol- 
dier," "Dorothy," "Mikado," "Gondo- 
liers," and " The Yeomen of the 

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' The Blue Mountains Mystery* 


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Country Tour: 



WANGANUI May 10 and 11 

PATEA May 12 

NEW PLYMOUTH . . May 13 to 16 



ELTHAM May 19 


HAWERA May 22 and 23 

BERT, BOLTON, Advance Manager. 

Australia is moving along in tho 
picture-making industry, and ever in 
the van is Raymond Longford, the 
producer of "The Sentimental Bloke," 
"Ginger Mick," and other good photo 
plays. In "The Blue Mountains Mys- 
tery," he essays a universal touch in 
the domain of mystery and romance, 
with a lively murder thrown in as 
tragic backbone. It is true that the 
pellucent air and hazy panoramas of 
the Blue Mountains, and the glories 
of Sydney's harbour are lavishly used 
as backgrounds, but there is no 
parade of that "Australian atmo- 
sphere" usually represented by a 
looney family living like animals on 
a drought-stricken selection. No, the 
story is one which could have occur- 
red in California, Switzerland, or 
Wales. The story is adapted from 
"The Mystery of Mount Marunga," by 
Harrison Owen, and concerns the 
murder of a wealthy squatter whilst 
staying at Katoomba. Miss Marjory 
Osborne, a Sydney society lady, plays 
the adventuress, and Mr, John Faulk- 
ner the two Henry Traceys. Mr. 
Vivian Edwards is also in the cast as 
a handsome intriguer, working in 
with the scarlet woman. The play is 
most capably directed, and the photo- 
graphy of the highest class. Without 
any doubt, "The Blue Mountain Mys- 
tery" is one of the best dramatic pic- 
tures ever made in Australia. 

" Confession ** 

Confession, so they say, is good for 
the soul. The old saying applies wit»i 
considerable force and meaning to the. 
National Film Corporation's picture, 
"Confession," which is being pre- 
sented in New Zealand by E. J. and 
Dan Carroll. It is a gripping story, 
which hangs upon the elucidation of 
a revolting murder. The guilty party 
makes confession, but he is not the 
man who is believed to be the mur- 
derer (on the strongest circumstan- 
tial evidence). The most intensely 
dramatic situation arises out of the 
fact that the brother of the accused 
man is the priest, who has listened 
horror-stricken to the story of the 
crime from the murderer's own lips. 
Though sorely tempted, the priest 
must hold inviolate the secrets of the 
confessional, even though it means an 
ignominous and disgraceful death to 
the brother he loves so well. He 
prays for help and guidance — for a 
way out — but it is not until the very 
minute before the execution takes 
place that salvation comes. Henry 
B. Walthall gives a very fine emo- 
tional performance as the priest, his 
mobile face being a shining mirror of 
all the torturing emotions incidental 
to his Gethsemane. 

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Some Picture Anticipations. 


"Scrambled Wives** 

Marguerite Clark took a holiday for 
a whole year. Far too long, say all 
of us. But now she's back — sparkling, 
prancing through the delightfully 
humorous situations that flit continu- 
ously through "Scrambled Wives." 
She's the girl with "a past to hide" 
and ideas that simply won't behave." 
But the past becomes the present and 
mixes in on the future, and then the 
ideas crash. "Scrambled! Wives" is 
her first production for First National. 


"Stone walls do not a prison make; 
nor iron bars, a cage." Can the wife 
of a man serving a life sentence be- 
lieve that and take courage from it. 
Or will she, in the passing years of 


in one of the many exciting moments 
in "The Midnight Bell." 

separation, without hope of reunion 
with her husband, be overwhelmed in 
the conflict between loyalty and hap- 
piness? Drama springs strongly from 
that theme in Sidney A. Franklin's 
production, "Courage," which, in 
direction, acting and story-power, 
comes as close to perfection as the art 
of stage or screen has reached. Naomi 
Childers, Sam de Grasse, and a 
talented supporting cast are presented 
in this highly unusual, highly enter- 
taining photodrama. 

Welcome Thomas Meighan 

Tom Meighan will again delight in 
"A Prince There Was," from George 
M. Cohan's play. Here we have the 
story of a rich young idler, who 
looked on life as only a hunting 
ground for pleasure, until a careless 
but kindly act towards a struggling 
girl makes him her hero — and he has 
to live up to it. Mildred Harris is 
the lovely girl who helps Tom to find 
himself; how she does so makes ex- 
cellent entertainment. 

"Red Courage'* 

In a screen version of Peter B. 
Kyne's story. "The Sheriff of Cinne- 
bar," which Universal has titled "Red 
Courage," Hoot Gibson, the smiling 
star appears in his second starring 

"Red Courage" is a vivid story of a 
political fight in the western town of 
Panamint. Interwoven into this pic- 
turesque back-ground is a two-fisted 
story of a fight — the fight of a man 
against tremendous odds — the fight 
against the corrupt influences of a 
crooked political gang — the fight of a 
man for a girl's love. 

Hoot Gibson, as the smiling, happy- 
go-lucky Pinto Pete, who falls heir to 
a one-horse newspaper, "The Pana- 
mint Gazette," is still Hoot Gibson — - 
which is probably the greatest com- 
pliment that can be paid to him. 

"Bring Him In" 

A Vitagraph special, starring Earte 
Williams. The story gets its name 
from the motto of the famous North- 
west Mounted Police. A member of 
this organisation is on the trail of 
Dr. John Hood, a role assumed by 
Williams, determined to bring him 
in. By a queer twist the pursuer and 
pursued become pals, without either 
realising the identity of the other. 
Complications arise, with the result 
that Dr. Hood returns to headquar- 
ters with the sergeant. 

"The Wise Kid' 

The wicked flapper! 

Here she is again — Gladys Walton 
this time! — as "The Wise Kid" who 
is a cash register queen in a New 
York restaurant, only a shade above 
the "greasy spoon" establishments in 
quality of food and patrons. 

The theme of the story finds ex- 
pression through her adventures on 
taking the advice of a society matron 
to "do kind deeds — they'll bring good 
luck to you." Does she? She does 
— and the results are not entirely 
satisfactory. Through a kind deed 
(paying for his meal, in fact) she 
meets the champion oil-can of the 
"Thrilling Thoities," a flashy speci- 
men named Harry, who diverts, until 
his spuriousness is made manifest, 
when she returns to nestle in the 
arms of the baker's boy with an hon- 
est chest measure. 

Death of John G. Turner* 


General regret will be expressed at 
the death on the 21st March, of Mr. 
John Gemmell Turner, Music Teacher, 
at his late residence 83 Kent Terrace, 
Wellington, at the age of 55 years. 

The late Mr. Turner was born in 
Scotland and arrived with his- parents 
in Melbourne at the age of 12 years, 
where he received his musical educa- 
tion under Mr. Ringwood, Miss Alma 
West, pupil of the late Signor Zelman 
and Signor Manuel Lopez, of the 
original Spanish Students, with which 
organization Mr. Turner played for a 
number of years. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Turner (who 
come of musical families) arrived in 
Dunedin in the early nineties, and 
later settled in Wellington where he 
commenced teaching his profession 
and formed an orchestra whose ser- 
vices have always been willingly given 
in aid of charity. The late Mr. Turner 
took a keen interest in his work and 
many hundreds of pupils have passed 
through his hands. He was appointed 
Examiner in Wellington for Banjo, 
Mandoline and Guitar by the London 
College of Banjoists and the Inter- 
national Union of Musicians. 

The late Mr. Turner was a man of 
sterling qualities and his likeable per- 
sonality endeared him to all with 
whom he came in contact. He 
leaves a widow and two daughters, 
Misses Elsie and Jean Turner, both 
of whom are musicians. 


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(By "Spotlight") 

MR. AND MISS TREE touch the 
mystery pinnacle. How the Mister 
conveys to the Miss the names of the 
musical numbers that are asked for 
by the audience beats me. Appar- 
ently no code is used as in the case 
of other " thought-reading" stunts, so 
how the — ? where the — ? what the 
— ■? Even if a code were used, the 
lady would need to be a super Pel- 
man in order to remember the many 
hundreds of pieces that are open for 

* * * 

TOGO, WHO IS touring with the 
Ella Shields company is well known to 
vaudevillians in the Dominion. This 
little brown man is, compared with 
other jugglers, a Gloaming in a field of 
selling platers. He rarely makes a 
slip, and when he does his recovery 
is almost as clever as his tricks. 

* * ■* 

CON MORENI, the comedian of the 
Ella Shields company, will be remem- 
bered as a member of a certain rough- 
and-ready (and ready to be "rough") 
bunch of revueists who filled in space 
at Fullers a few years ago. Con in 
those days could "rough it" with any 
of 'em, but n^w only once does the 
audience fear he is going to slip off 
the footpath into the muddy road. 
But it is just a feint, so to 
sneak, and all ends well. Con's song 
about the gent, who removes the 
number plate from his door and takes 
it with him so that he'll find the 
house again after a night out, is well 

* * * 

though they wear stripes, are not 
stars, are "simultaneous" but not 
"eccentric" dancers, and haven't a 
great variety of steps. Moon and 
Morris have spoiled us for anything 
but the very best of this kind of 
thing. The taller Kennedy wears a 
pair of circular spectacles, and at 
certain moments looks very like J. 
N. Crawford, the international cric- 
keter, rushing up to the crease to 
bowl a yorker. 

* * * 

EVEN THOUGH the rain be fall- 
ing steadily outside, you feel in-, 
clined to take George Brooke's word 
for it that there is virtue in April 
showers. The ladies say George has 
a "lovely" voice, and the ladies are 
not far wrong. He doesn't strain 

after effect, even in that dainty mor- 
sel 'The 'Li'l Feller wiv 'is Mammy's 
Eyes." His partner, Ted Cahill, has 
a complete understanding with the 
piano, and extracts sweet melody 

* * * 

THE ACTS which support that 
great little artist Ella Shields are all 
first-class and worthy of mention. 
There is, for instance, that of the 
Three Jackson s — two adults (a mixed 
double) and a juvenile— who put up 
as neat a performance as anyone 
could wish to see. The small boy 
spends most of his time hurtling 
through the air, landing with cat-like 
certainty, right side up on the stage 
or on some portion of his parents' 

" TOOBBY " STEVENS is a funny 
little chap, and his methods revive 
memories of Little Tich, though Lit- 
tle Tich was, of course, as far out on 
his own as was Dan Leno. Tubby, 

however, has a streak of genuine 
humour, and is helped considerably 
by a quaint building up amidships, 
and a more than expansive smile. 

Fuller circuit) are good. Their 
"Double Twin" act bears the hall- 
mark of thoroughness that character- 
ises the best English acts. The little 
lady (who, by the way, was for a 
long time with the late laraenUd Sid- 
ney James's Strollers) impersonates 
a Cockney slavey, and her facial ex- 
pressions and quaint comedy gener- 
ally are excellent. She changes 
quickly to the entirely different char- 
acter of a "Dream Girl" and displays 
terpsichorean skill a long way above 
the average. Her partner plays up 
to her with telling effect, and, in ad- 
dition, sings very pleasingly. The 
pair will become popular, especially 
with that section of the audience who 
appreciate those little subtleties 
which, after all, indicate real art. 

Teddy's hair has ceased to fascinate, 
and you get down to those muscular 
legs of his and watch him leap, you 
think of the old query: "If a man 
could jump, in proportion to his size, 
as far as a flea can jump, how far 
could he jump?" When Teddy does 
the chair-jumping stunt it reminds 
you of the south sea isles, or words 
to that effect, for it is verily a suc- 
cession of springs. The manner in 
which he ignites with his shoe soles 
matches that are placed a yard or 
more higher than his head is literally 
a striking feat. 

A COUPLE OF black clouds, a 
whirlwind, a shrieking-breeze sort of 
dialogue, and a storm of applause. 
That's what follows the announce- 
ment, "Rastus and Banks." After 
it's over, one rather wonders at the 
storm of applause. The pair sing in 
that high-pitched, cullud pussun 
style that has no regard for enuncia- 
tion — except in the case of the words 
"Baby Mine" and "Dixie" — then Ras- 
tus throws himself about consider- 
able; Miss Banks double-shuffles and 
shows a glistening set of ivories, and, 
finally, the pair combine in the ex- 
change of jokes. And that's all there 
is to it. Still — there's the storm of 

The great JOHN BAKRYMORE in 
reflective mood in ** The Ijotus 
Eater/! a Marshall Neilan First Na- 
tional. John is a young man who 
reaches 25 before he meets a woman. 

A Southern exhibitor writes referr- 
ing to the peculiar actions of a per- 
son connected with the Arnst-Had- 
field boat race film. This gentleman 
introduced himself to the manager 
in question, mentioned that his 
cheque for expenses had not arrived 
and secured a loan on the strength of 
it. Since — polite silence. This sort 
of person does not help the show 
business and deserves the white light 
of publicity upon him. 

1st May, 1922. 

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ANNA PAVLOVA, Queen of Dancers 


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One of the loveliest of the younger start now appearing in Curwood's " The Golden Snare." 

1st May, 1922. 

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Universal star shortly to appear in " Nobody's Fool." 


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1st May. 1922. 


The famous New Zealand soprano, and her husband, Mr. Maurice D'Oisely, who, under the management 

of Mr. E. J. Gravestock, commence a N.Z. tour at the end of May. 

1st May, 1922. 

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Pictures of the Month. 

By " Close-up." 

"The Kid" 

"The Kid," the latest Chaplin film 
to hike this way, is somewhat differ- 
ent to all other Chaplin pictures 
that we have seen, inasmuch as a pa- 
thetic little story is involved, and the 
telling of it is done with much deli- 
cacy and feeling. Charlie is the same 
yet ever new; but he does not parade his 
farcical genius to the same extent as 
in other pictures we could mention; 
it becomes a clever mixture of out- 
rageous farce and drama — a blend 
that pleases all tastes. Charles is a 
hobo of the slums, who, coming 
across a deserted baby, finds it so dif- 
ficult to dispose of, ' that he 
takes it to his shack, and becomes 
really fond of it. Five years pass, 
and the boy becomes Jacky Coogan, 
a bewitching kid, who works a win- 
dow-smashing game so that Charlie 
may light along and get the job of 
replacing it. But the youngster be- 
comes ill, and the county doctor is 
called in, sees the deplorable condi- 
tion of things, and tries to have the 
boy placed in an orphan asylum. In 
the meantime, the mother of the 
child seeks her babe, and eventually 
finds him, thanks to the paper she 
has pinned to his clothing, and there 
is general joy. Charlie is inimitable 
in his drollery in this picture, and 
Jacky Coogan a most treasurable 


The poetic genius of Venice who 
devised the immortal "Bridge of 
Sighs," over which so many harmless 
persons passed en route to the dismal 
tomb, little thought that movie act- 
ors would one day lean up against 
the storied masonry and act to the 
click of the machine. Nor did the 
Doges of Venice conceive it possible 
that its waterways and gondolas, its 
palaces and its immortalities should 
be seen in motion by a race of peo- 
ple who believe that piles of weather- 
boards are architecture and a tin shed 
a "hall." The all-English production, 
"Carnival," seen at Auckland Strand 
is epochal, and even daily paper re- 
porters, reviewing it, almost admit 
that the British stage has people who 

can tell with great nobility a splendid 
story in pantomime. There are only 
three bases for movie drama as yet, 
and "Carnival" is built on one of 
them, but there is a distinct ana 
startling variation, so artistically 
planned and effective that Americans 
at work on the trio of bases will have 
to gallop to catch up. The distin- 
guished actor of Venice is Matheson 
Lang. He is so compelling that his 
large company do not matter except 
as foils. The actor, like so many 
swells in movie drama, loves hio wife 
without yelling it from the leaning 
tower of Pisa, and as she is full of 
boiling Latin blood, she feels the ap- 
parent Arcticity of his devotion, a 
youthful ardent count does the usual 
compromising sparking, including a 
wee serenade in the bushes outside 
the senora's palace, is gay ?n the gon- 
dola, wnne me gonuoueis biuuuiy 
stare at the distant spires and so on. 
The husband is called to Milan, 
and catches the down gondola to pick 
up the train. Misses train. Senora 
in abbreviated vine leaves and other 
clothes notifying that she is Bac- 
chante, is away at the bal masque, 
when the senor comes home. Ulti- 
mately Mr. Matheson Lang looks 
something fearful. The senor is 
billed to play Othello; his wife Des- 
demona — and the subsequent playing 
is so fine, so masterly and so Ni^\, 
in movie work that it is breathless 
stuff. The play within the play 
shows the Moor in tne immortal 
chamber scene before a huge audi- 
ence. He speaks his lines, substitut- 
ing the name of his "faithless*' wife 
for "Desdemona." He begins to 
strangle her and is prevented; the 
senora, recovers, tells him she has al- 
ways been faithful to him (and so 
on) ; and there is a final "close-up" 
showing reunited senor and senora 
scorching up the liquid "street" in a 
gondola, with a couple of respectful 
gondoliers engrossed in their own 
thoughts. Matheson Lang possesses 
the poise and dignity which are so 
rarely seen in American movie actors. 
We want a great deal more of this 
British antidote. 

* * * 

"The Sheik 9 ' 

"The Sheik," a Paramount attrac- 
tion, takes one far into the heart of the 
Arabian desert (situated somewhere in 
California) where Allah and man's 
passions fight it out without any ser- 
ious clash bet wen the two. Lady Diana 


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Pantomime de Luxe — 


One of the Prettiest, 'Cutest, Most 

Tuneful and Gorgeous Pantomimes 

ever brought to the Dominion by 


The most popular Song in England to-day is 


An intense dramatic, forceful song dance, which recalls memories of " Missouri,** 
" Destiny," " Dardanella,'* " Swanee," and other successes. ** Coal Black 
Mammy *' may even prove more imperishable than any of those songs with 
which it is here compared — the whole world will soon be singing it. 


Price 2/- copy 

Posted 2/2 copy 


Manners Street, Wellington 

And at Dunedin, Christ church, Invercargill. Oamaru, Timaru, Ashburton and Nelson. 





The Pantomime which drew all Melbourne for 

Ten Weeks 

And was Voted 


The New Zealand Tour is as follows 1 

AUCKLAND May 11 to 20 


HAWERA May 24 

ELTHAM May 25 

WANGANUI . May 26 

PALMERSTON N. . . May 27 and 29 

NAPIER May 30 and 31 



WELLINGTON June 3 to 13 

South Island Tour to follow. 


Touring Manager. 

As soon as the oven door is opened, 
round come the youngsters, clamour- 
ing for the good things you have made 
with Edmonds' Baking Powder. 

They know so well that cakes, 
scones, pastry — everything you make 
with "Edmonds"— are bound to be 
nourishing and appetising. 

The kiddies, like the grown-ups, know 
the merit of dainties made with 






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Mayo is a wilful minx, who inspite of 
the warnings of her friends, resolves to 
stalk the deserts alone, or rather with 
her own outfit, but before leaving, her 
beauty rouses the burning admiration 
of Ahmed Hassan, an all-powerful 
sheik, who resolves that Di shall be 
his if he dies in the attempt. The in- 
evitable happens, Di's caravan is 
swooped down upon, and Di is borne 
off to Ahmed's luxurious tent. Being 
an English girl she lights, but from 
the outset — and this is a little fault in 
the picture — the fact is signalled that 
this high spirited girl is going to fall 
in love with her desert cave-man with 
a Parisian education. On one occasion 
she makes a silly break to get away, 
and on another is captured by a brig- 
and, and there is a fine rescue by 
Ahmed and his Ku Kluxers. The end 
is too obvious to mention — the old 
clinch is there. Rudolf Valentine's 
manly beauty and his big mouth full of 
costly white teeth are admirably fitted 
for the Sheik, and Agnes Ayres, who 
is very pretty, almost convinces that 
she is a good actress — she just misses 
the flash. 

"Three Live Ghosts*' 

A delicious farce comedy this, with 
Anna Q. Nilsson and Norma Kerry as 
the central figures. Let us give the 
summarized ingredients — Pals in the 
War — reported lost — breeze back 
home again. One a ne'er-do-well 
who, fearing the law, was perfectly 
willing to stay "dead"; another a 
blue-blood, shell-shocked out of 
his name and into a habit of stealing 
anything in sight; and the other a 
roaring bucko, whose "ressurection" 
spoiled step-mama's plan for collect- 
ing insurance. Add a wife, a baby, 
two interrupted lovers and 57 compli- 
cations. Mix with constant surprises 
and laughs for a solid hour and there 
you are. 

Anticipations of Picture 

[Under this heading we endeavour to give 
readers and exhibitors an outline of the best 
picture features about to be released, the 
details being secured from the most reli- 
able sources available. — Editor "N. Z. T. and 
M. P."] 

" The Ten Dollar Raise " 

An adaptation of the "■ Saturday 
Evening Post " story by Peter B. 
Kyne. It is the story of an employee 
who worked all his life for a small 
salary in the hopes of a ten-dol T ar 
rise, which a miserly employer pro- 
mised annually but put off for years. 
Here is the author's dedication of the 
story: "I dedicate this story to the 
under-dogs of the world, to the mil- 
lions of underpaid bookkeepers and 
clerks who, depending for an exist- 
ence on the whim of an employer, 
daily realise that ' man's inhumanity 
to man makes countless numbers 
mourn. 1 " 

" The Lotus Eater" 

A Marshall Neilan First National 
attraction, starring John Barrymore, 
America's foremost star. The story 
of a man who never saw a woman till 
he was twenty-five — then he stepped 
off his yacht, upon which his wealthy 
father's will had imprisoned him and 
— the first woman he set eyes on 
was an adventuress! This story is 
from the novel by Albert Payson Ter- 
hune. The caste includes Colleen 
Moore, Anna Q. Nilsson and Wesley 

* * * 

" The Family Honour " 

Starring Florence Vidor. This is 
the story of the scion of a wealthy fam- 
ily who wastes the family fortune in 
drinking and gambling. Impover- 

ished, he refuses honest work, and 
starts a gambling table. He spurns a 
girl, who is stung with shame, her 
romance shattered. Comes a night 
when a man is murdered in the gam- 
bling den. Hunted by the law, fac- 
ing the gallows, he turns for protec- 
tion to the girl. Then her love and 
influence bring a wonderful ending. 

"Go- Straight*' 

"Go Straight" unfolds the docu- 
ment of what can be accomplished by 
an undying courage and a willingness 
to fight for right. William Worthing - 
ton, in the direction of the subject, 
rings true in the picturization of the 
Kentucky backwoods locale, and the 
accurate characterization of the in- 
teresting types. The dramatic sus- 
pense element is well handled. Frank 
Mayo is the star parson and Lillian 
Rich, one of the silversheet's sweetest 
leading women, is particularly ap- 
pealing. Harry Carter gives a 
powerful interpretation of malignant 
strength as Hellfire Gibbs, and 
George Marion portrays Jim Boyd, 
the crooked politician. Charles 
Brinley, Lassie Young and Cora Drew 
make up the cast. 

* * * 

" Cheated Hearts " 

"Cheated Hearts," starring Herbert 
Rawlinson, is an adaptation of 
William F. Payson's novel, " Barry 
Gordon," and is the story of a young 
man who inherits something more 
than Virginia millions wheii his 
father dies. He finds himself cursed 
with a constant desire for liquor. 
The pivotal idea, however, is over- 
shadowed by the dramatic incidents of 
the story. The young man promises 
his sweetheart not to drink — and he 
keeps his promise, until one day 
he sees his fiancee apparently re- 
sponding to the attentions of his bro- 

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How would you like CONSTANCK XAL.MADGE for Mayor? Her platform in "Woman's Place" consists of 14 
trunks of frocks, a diamond anklet, and slightly more of the Connie brand of pep than usual (First National). 


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"The Blue Mountains 

From the Book — 



By Harrison Owen. 




Showing the Sunlight and Shadows 
of Society in Australia. 

Set in all the Loveliness of the Blue 
Mountains, N.S.W. 

AT A COST OF £10,000. 


The Masterpiece of a Master Mind. 


Which in Europe, America, and Aus- 
tralia is creating a Sensation. 


It is a Cameo in a Setting of Scenic 

Loveliness; a Noble Inspiration; a 

Great Dramatic Achievement. 

It will be Remembered for its Pow- 
erful Story, its Scenic Splendour, and 
its Wonderful Caste, including 




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ther. His brother is a lucky fellow — 
no drink habit, no troubles. So 
Barry Gordon packs his bag and 
flees to Paris, where he tries to ab- 
sorb enough wine to drown the 
memory of his sweetheart and his 
brother finding their happiness to- 
gether. A year or two later he hears 
that his brother, prospecting in 
Morocco, has been captured by bandits 
and is held for ransom. Barry sails 
for Morocco and leads the search 
there for his brother. His sweet- 
heart, her father and another friend 
also sail for Morocco and in the in- 
evitable denouement every player, 
Rawlinson, Marjorie Daw, Anna Lehr, 
Doris Pawn, Josef Swickard, Winter 
Hall, Murdock and Al McQuarrie, 
WarneT Baxter, Hector Sarno and 
Boris Karloff do their full share. 

" Woman's Place '* 

Every man knows that woman's 
place is in the home; every man says 
so. But where's the woman who 
will take his word for it without a 
fight? She sees no reason why she 
shouldn't preside over Parliament as 
well as the gas stove, and govern a 
city's finances as well as the domestic 
butter bill. Constance Talmadge is 
the latest to wage a war for equal 
rights. In "Woman's Place" she is 
the new woman using old wiles. 
She gets confidence from her Paris 
models, while she persuades electors, 
and things look blue for the male op- 
ponent until fellow-women develop 
jealousy and rally to support the op- 
posite sex. The picture makes first- 
rate entertainment. John Emerson 
and Anita Loos have given* it hum- 
our and keen attire; Constance Tal- 
madge has given herself, and the re- 
sult is worth seeing. 

"The Golden Snare*' 

"The Golden Snare," adapted from 
James Oliver Curwood's thrilling 
story, is a worthy successor to those 
great motion picture successes, "Back 
to God's Country," "The River's 
End," and "Nomads of the North," 
also filmed from the works of the 
same author. 

The irresistible appeal of the great 
north country about which Curwood 
writes permeates "The Golden 
Snare," just as it did its predecessors. 

It is a remarkable photo-play with 
a thrilling plot, which involves the 
successful seaTch of a member of the 
Royal North-West Mounted for the 
"Loup Garou" man of the frozen bar- 
rens, and the discovery of a fair- 
haired beauty in a most out-of-the- 
way place. Romance and thrilling 
adventure amid picturesque settings 
are at their best in this screen story. 
"The Golden Snare" is a First Na- 
tional attraction. Lewis Stone is 
featured as Sergeant Raine. Ruth 
Renick has the feminine lead. Others 
in the caste are Wallace Beery, Mel- 
bourne MacDowell, Francis MacDon- 
ald. The photography, as well as the 
acting and direction, is splendid. 

"Star DuU" 

"Stardust" is based on Fanny 
Hurst's great human interest story, 
which ran serially in the Cosmopoli- 
tan Magazine and then was published 
in book form. It was produced under 
the direction of Hobart Henley, with 
charming Hope Hampton in the stel- 
lar role as the forlorn little small- 
town girl whose musical ambitions 
are squelched at home, but whose 
talent and ambitions find an outlet in 
the great city. 

Tinged with tragedy and pathos, 
and fired with romance and ambition, 
"Stardust" provides Miss Hampton 
with the greatest dramatic vehicle 
which she has yet been given, and she 
has taken full advantage of the op- 
portunity afforded. 

James Rennie, who recently dis- 
tinguished himself on Broadway in 
the principal part in the stage pro- 
duction, "Spanish Love," is Miss 
Hampton's leading man in "Stardust." 

Other notable members of the caste 
are Noel Tearle, who will be remem- 
bered for his work in "Over the Hill," 
and Vivia Ogden/who gave an excel- 
lent character portrayal in Griffith's 
"Way Down East." 

* * * 

" The Sign on the Door** 

The talent for emotional and dra- 
matic acting which has made Norma 
Talmadge the foremost screen star of 
the age is in evidence in "The Sign 
on the Door." 

Without doubt this production is 
the most interesting and brilliant * * 
any Miss Talmadge has had. The 
photography is excellent, and the u.- 
rection of Herbert Brenon is the 
skilled work of a craftsman. 

The acting of Norma is superb. She 
is seen in the role of Ann Henniwell, 
a pretty stenographer, who, through 
no fault of her own, is compromised 
by her employer's son, Frank Dever- 
eaux, in a questionable cafe. She 
marries "Lafe" Regan, man of wealth 
and character. Later Devereaux 
comes back into her life. Regan 
shoots Devereaux with the fellow's 
own pistol. He does not know that 
his wife has witnessed the tragedy. 
An intensely dramatic situation arises 
when she is moved by her love for her 
husband to tell the authorities that 
she killed Devereaux. The plot has a 
logical and uexpectedly happy end- 

"The Sign on the Door" was 
adapted for the screen from the stage 
play by Channing Pollock, and is a 
First National attraction. 

In the excellent caste supporting 
Miss Talmadge are seen Charles 
Richman and Lew Cody. 

Spivakowsky, the Russian pianist, 
, was not a popular success in Sydney. 
Perhaps the public is tiring of the 
endless string of musical genii hail- 
ing from the land of the Great Fam- 
ine. The original dates booked at 
the Town Hall, Wellington, have been 
cancelled, so we may not hear the 
man with the curious name at all. 

1st Mav, 1922. 

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MR. E. J. GRAVESTOCK has much 
pleasure in announcing the return to 

New Zealand of the 


After her Wonderful Triumphs in 

To-day MISS BUCKMAN is Recog- 
nised and Acclaimed as the 

She returns to her Homeland covered 

with Honour and Glory, and ranks 

with the Great Artists 



Supporting the Famous Soprano will 

be her husband, 


The Distinguished English Tenor, 
famed in Grand Opera Concerts. 


The Brilliant English 'Cellist, 



The Talented Pianist-Accompanist, 
who created such a fine impression as 

Pianist with Mischa Elman. 
Tour commences in AUCKLAND on 
WELLINGTON Season commences 


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There is no attraction which conies 
regularly to New Zealand that is more 
popular than the annual pantomime, 
and J. C. Williamson, Ltd., may al- 
ways be relied upon to give the pub- 
lic a full measure of fun, frolic, and 
fascination, when this show happens 
along. This year the attraction is 
"The Babes in the Wood," and, judg- 
ing by the manner in which it has 
been* received in Melbourne and Syd- 
ney, there is no doubt that it will ap- 
peal to all lovers of pantomime in 
this country. A specialty on this 
occasion is being made of the 
dresses, which are on a scale 
of lavish beauty. Ballet follows 
ballet with dazzling rapidity, and 
each seems more beautiful than its 
predecessor. "The Babes in the 
Wood" is also strong in comedy and 
specialty acts, whilst the chorus have 
been especially selected for their 
beauty on the Florenz Zeigfeld plan. 
The N.Z. tour will commence at 
Auckland on May 11, and after an 
eight nights' season there, the com- 
pany will visit Hamilton, Hawera, 
E It ham, Wanganui, Palmerston 
North, Napier, Hastings and Master- 
ton. The Wellington season will 
commence on June 3. The dates of 
the tour appear in an advt. in this 

The Late Mr. W. W. Crawford. 


As we go to press news has arrived 
of the death in Melbourne of Wm. 
Ward Crawford, of the N.Z. Diggers 
and Vice-Regals ( who have been 
playing at St. Kilda throughout the 
summer). Mr. Crawford, who was 
35 years of age, hailed from Dunedin, 
where he distinguished himself in 
amateur performances and competi- 
tions. He came to Wellington some 
ten years ago, and became one of the 
most popular reciters, comedians and 
eccentric dancers — such was his ver- 
satility. He took part in "San Toy" 
with the Wellington amateurs, and 
was always available for charitable 
purposes. Three years ago he joined 
the N.Z. Diggers, which came to this 
country as the Vice-Regals last year. 

Marie Tempest's Farewell. 

Marie Tempest was given an en- 
thusiastic farewell in Wellington on 
April 8. After the curtain fell on "The 
Marriage of Kitty" it had to be raised 
half a dozen times in response to sus- 
tained applause. At last Miss Tempest 
came forward and thanked the 
audience for the heartiness of their 
farewell. "You never can tell," said 
Miss Tempest sententiously. "I left 
England (where she had played all her 
life) for a six months' tour, and have 
remained away nine years. So you see 
you never can tell, may come back — 
but, you never can tell. Good-night to 
you all!" 

1st May, 1922. 

TufyX-TZeair* a^Ttyttte^cfare 


The Man Who Has "Seen 
It Before' 9 


" Damnation!" 

The fussy old gentleman, accom- 
panied by the long, gloomy indivi- 
dual, explodes as his shin comes in 
contact with a seat-end. 

" Damnation!" he repeats. 

He has just entered the theatre 
from the blazing sunlight, and his 
eyes have not yet become accustomed 
to the soft light of the darkened the- 
atre. He has always considered him- 
self an independent man, and so, 
scorning the assistance of the usher, 
he sets out in search of a seat off 
his own bat — with painful results. 

The two eventually sit down, and 
the hubbub their entry has occa- 
sioned subsides as the opening scenes 
of the feature -drama flash upon the 

Silence reigns while a full hundred 
feet of film has passed through the 
projector; then the fussy one gets 

" I believe I've seen this before, 
Monty," he says. " What was the 
name of it, again?" 

Monty and the audience within 
earshot join the fussy one in uneasi- 
ness. If there's one type of " fan " 
that a picture audience cordially de- 
tests and consigns to climes that are 
too warm for comfort, it is the "man- 

"Yes, I'm sure I've seen it before," 
the old one affirms. He seems dis- 
posed to distribute his knowledge of 
the plot free of charge, and the hear- 
ers — and Monty — shudder with ap- 

" Ah! THAT'S it," he says, " that 
feller doesn't kill her — oh, no — he 
takes her away to a hut in the hills 
and there " 

The callow youth at the back is at- 
tacked by a violent fit of coughing at 
this juncture, and the fussy one's lec- 
ture on what happened to the girl 
" in the hut in the hills " is drowned 
in the uproar. 

The audience doesn't seem in the 

least perturbed at not hearing exactly 
what DOES happen. In fact, they 
seem rather pleased about it. 

But the F.O. returns to the attack. 

" Next think you'll see, Monty — a 
little way on from here — is where 
that villain is chased on horseback 
by the hero — whatisname ? — Henry 
Blondebrow. But the hero tlon't 
catch him and " 

Here there is an angry snort from 
a person on the old gentleman's 
right. The O.G. favours the offender 
with a withering look, which seems 
to sting him to the quick. 

11 1 ain't blind," he says, " an'. I 
ain't a looney. When I wants to know 
what it's all about — I'll ask yer! " 

u Who is this person, Monty?" this 
with withering contempt. n Is he 
addressing US? " 

"Gam! " says the wrathful one. 

" Yes, Monty," says the Fussy Old 
Boy, ignoring his irate neighbour, 
" that fellow with the fair hair 
doesn't get killed really. You'd 
think he hadn't a chance of getting 
out of that iron box they're going to 
throw him into the river in — but he 
does. You see " 

The youth who had the previous 
coughing spasm is at this point again 
seized with another paroxysm. He 
coughs in a throaty bass, and when 
that has given out, and as the old 
gent, is still talking, he makes a 
weak attempt at a sneeze, but only 
succeeds in treating the patriarch to 
a free " shower " bath." 

There is more excitement. Old 
Gent leaps to his feet, and turning 
round to the youth delivers a lecture 
on manners in no uncertain terms. 
His portly form completely blocks the 
view of the people back of him, and 
abuse is heaped upon his luckless 
head. He sits down protesting 
loudly. But not to remain silent 

" As I was saying Monty (here 
Monty heaves a loftg-drawn sigh) 
when they put that fellow in the 
box " 

" SHUT UP! " 

The long-suffering " person " on 
the right has lost his temper 

" Strike me pink, if you've seen 
the pitcher, I ain't." 

*' How dare you, sir," says the an- 
cient one. " How dare you address 
me in that fashion. I'll call the man- 

" Ef you don't close yer trap," the 
youth with the weak chest admon- 
ishes, " I'll call the perlice!" 

But the old boy is going to have 
his pound of flesh. 

" He don't get drowned, Monty — 
(' Dry up,' ' Close yer face,' from the 
now thoroughly worketi-up listeners) 
— he — (* Lay down, will yer? ') — 
wasn't ever — (' Yow, 'it 'im, some- 
body ') — IN IT! " he finishes with a 

When the hubbub has died down 
the Old One is heard remarking to 
Monty that he thinks " we'll go now, 
as we know what it's all about." 
With that end in view, he dons his 
bowler hat, but in rising treads 
heavily on the foot of the " shut- 
up " merchant on his right. 

Pandemonium breaks loose. The 
F.O.G. is seen beating a hasty retreat 
with his bowler belted down over his 
ears — the parting act of the crushed 
foot victim — and assailed by epithets 
on all sides. Monty beats him to the 
exit by two lengths, but when the 
Old Boy, on glancing behind, notices 
his late right-hand neighbour follow- 
ing with grimly-set counteDance, 
Monty is not in it. 

A great sigh of relief passes 
through the theatre. But the audi- 
ence can't get interested in the pic- 
ture now. What's the use of won- 
dering what is happening to the hero 
apparently in the iron box when 
you've just been told he was NEVER 

On Anzac Day in the Wellington 
Town Hall, the Royal Choral Society 
in combination with the Harmonic 
Society and the C. T. Male Choir will 
sing the paean "To the Fallen" from 
Elgar's "Spirit of England." Such a 
unity of forces should be well worth 


Reaches hitherto untouched heights of artistry in the big drama, " The Sign on the Door," considered her 

greatest picture. A First National Special. 


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1st May, 1922. 






"Merrie England " 

Composed by Edward German, 
Written by Basil Hood. 

Miss Etta Field* s Return. 

The Comic Opera that ranks among 

the highest achievements of the 

British Stage. 




In his Original Role, as Played at 

the Savoy Theatre, London. 


Who achieved her greatest triumph 

as "Queen Elizabeth." 



Together with the Famous 


Of the 


In quick succession will be presented 







AUCKLAND April 13 to 29 


WANGANUI May 3 and 4 


PALMERSTON N May 6 and 8 


NAPIER May 10 and 11 


WELLINGTON May 13 to 27 

South Island Tour to Follow. 

. <8> s 

Etta Field (Schneidemann), the 
Auckland soprano, who has been 
commended as a possible eminent by 
Dame Melba, and who has just re- 
turned to her home in Auckland with 
the glitter of Sydney Conservatorium 
on her, gave two concerts in Auck- 
land Town Hall. Miss Field was in 
fine voice, and would have been heard 
to greater advantage had the large 
hall been full. The hall is far too 
big for any function which does not 
include the activities of well-known 
folk. Miss Field, who has been care- 
fully trained for ten years, and who 
was the soprano with the N.S.W. 
State Orchestra, has the necessary 
confidence in her powers, and is es- 
pecially excellent in the production of 
notes in the upper register, the lower 
and middle registers being hardly so 
precise. It is true that Miss Field is 
able to express great feeling in not- 
able songs, especially those which 
have a devotional or love element, 
and it will be essentially her tempera- 
mental treatment of works notably 
emotional which will raise her to the 
first flight, should she indeed achieve 
a place with Melba, Calve, Tettrazini, 
and the others. . Intricate classicali- 
ties, insisting on excessive technical 
skill, although essayed and accom- 
plished with notable precision, 
are, in the case of Miss Field, 
less enjoyable than the simpler 
but more appealing numbers her 
friends care most about. It if* 
true that, because Miss Field had 
sung simply and well, the applause 
which greeted her at the conclusion 
of her last number indicated her to 
make Tosti's " Good-bye " the best 
number of the evening. I believe that 
for five minutes Etta quite forgot the 
mechanics of vocalism. "Vissi 
D'Arte", the remarkable and florid 
morceau from Puccini's "La Tosca," 
was given with a careful illustration 
denoting the excellently trained ar- 
tiste. With Maseheroni's "Ave 
Maria" the young soprano was quite 
at her best. The emotional element 
in the singer finds expression in the 
material the composer has supplied. 
Accompanied as it was on the great 
organ by Mr. Maughan Barnett, the 
city organist, it was accepted as one 
of the notable expositions of Miss 
Field's most natural work. A singer's 
worth is to be gauged by the number 
of people he or she can charm. 1 
believe that the audience cared more 
for "From the Land of the Sky Bluo 
Water" than anything else she sang 

"Land of Beauty, Hope, and Glory!" 

Realm of treasures manifold, 
Land still new in song and story, 

But in silence hoary old! 
Face thy future bold and virile, 

Let no fears thy faith allure; 
Render germs of evil sterile, 

Treasure Woods' Great Peppermint 

— simple, appealiug, natural stuff, 
sung simply, appealingly and natur- 
ally. In the Catalina number, "Fare- 
well," the Auckland girl infused a 
depth of emotion and longing that 
was quite touching. 

One feels that the concerts given 
by this singer should have attracted 
large crowds, and one believes that 
she is capable of drawing crowds if 
she sings the simple and beautiful 
things that the general public love. 
No singer in a country of limited 
population can at fun outstanding 
popularity by singing solely to the 
cognoscenti. Mr. Robert Bell sang 
rather poorly, and Mr. Leo Whittaker 
played the piano with excellence. Mr. 
Maughan Barnett, at the organ, as 
always, played with mastery. 

The Most Popular Song* 

The recent "Referee" (London) 
competition to discover the twelve 
most popular songs of the day found 
"Coal-Black Mammy" at the top ot 
the polls. We (says the "Referee") 
were not surprised, for rarely have 
we had a parallel example of a song 
appealing equally as a vocal and a 
dance number as is the case with this 
human-impelling ballad. We venture 
to give it the dignity of this title, 
feeling that its very human note de- 
serves nothing less. To watch the 
fame of a publication spread from lit- 
tle beginnings until it encompasses 
the whole world is an interesting- 

"Coal-Black Mammy" is Miss Nora 
Delaney's big feature number in J. 
C. Williamson's 1922 "Babes in the 
Wood" pantomime. 


is here telling "sweet nothings" to 
her temporary husband in 4 * Her Un- 
willing Husband." (Pathe). 

1st May, 1922. 

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Is He Written Oat ? 

Unlike Verdi, who "improved with 
age," and who was spared the depres- 
sion which goes hand in hand with 
loss of popularity, Puccini for the past 
few years has been receiving in ore of 
Fortune's buffets than rewards. Just 
before Christmas in 1913 the melodious 
music-maker who rose to fame on the 
wings of "La Boheme" was, with the 
members of his family, rescued from 
drowning after a motor boat collision 
on a lake near Pisa, in Italy. He lived 
to write several new operas, none of 
which reached the standard of "La 
Boheme," "Madame Butterfly," oi "La 
Tosca." The production of "La Ron- 
dine" at the Dal Cerme opera house, 
Milan, in October, 1917, was coldly re- 
ceived. Everyone expected another 
"La Boheme," and there was no con- 
cealment of the general feeling of dis- 
appointment. An Italian musical 
critic, who described the new work 
as "a dainty operetta, with an insipid 
libretto, and having a pretty Viennese 
waltz tune for its principal theme," 
pointed out that the only real Puccini 
touches were those in the c?os.;ng 
scene. The composer, it is chronicled, 
did his best to look happy when he was 
called before the curtain. With the 
restoration of peace Puccini went to 
try his luck in Vienna. In November, 
1920, "La Rondine" had the half- 
hearted applause of half-filled houses. 
One of the papers called the rejected 
of Milan "an anemic opera.*' Worse 
was in store for the optimistic Italian. 
After elaborate preparations three one- 
act operas, originally produced in 
New York, were performed. This so- 
called trypitch was made up i>f "II 
Tabarro," "Suor Angelica," and 
"Gianni Schicchi." The "grand Puc- 
cini night," for which very high 
prices were charged, was a failure, 
musically and financially. But the 
three short operas were later well at- 
tended at cheaper rates. Puccini be- 
fore returning to Italy, said he was 
confident that the group of operas 
would command recognition. "My own 
countrymen," he added, "sneered at 
'Madame Butterfly/ but that opera 
a little later was successful beyond all 
my expectations." The latest about 
Puccini is that he is hard at work on 
a new opera, the name of which is 
given as "Turandot," and two acts of 
which were reported to have been com- 
pleted at the close of 1921. In the 
last act, it is stated, "there will be 
some striking effects for which special 
new instruments are required." This 
looks as if Giocomo of Italy is follow- 
ing in the footsteps of the still living 
Richard of Germany. 



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Mr. E. J. Gravestock* s Intentions. 

After ten years* association with the 
firm of Messrs. J. and N. Tait, Mr. E. 
J. Gravestock, manager for that firm 
of the tour of the Verbrugghen's Or- 
chestra, is severing his connection 
with them, and will, in future, tour 
Australia and New Zealand as a con- 
cert promoter. During the time he 
has been with the Taits, Mr. Grave- 
stock has managed all their many 
concert artists, and since their com- 
bination with the J. C. Williamson 
firm, he has been in chaFge of all the 
concert work, being associated - with 
Clara Butt, John M'Cormack, Moisei- 
witsch, Heifetz, Levitzki, Daisy Ken- 
nedy, and the New South Wales 
Orchestra, as well as various other at- 

Mr. Gravestock's first offering to the 
musical public will be New Zealand's 
own Rosina Buckman, undoubtedly 
one of the greatest sopranos in the 
world to-day, and her husband, 
Maurice D'Oisly, and they will be fol- 
lowed by concert celebrities of the 
highest order. The arrangements he 
has made will mean a supply of noth- 
ing but the world's greatest concert 
artists periodically for Australasia. 
Mr. Gravestock has a wider knowledge 
probably, of the English concert world, 
than anyone else in the Southern 
Hemisphere, for he had ten years' ex- 
perience in London before coming to 
Australia, His first acquaintance with 
the entertainment business was at the 
age of 14, through the medium of L. 
G. Sharpe's concert agency, one of the 
best known of its kind in London, and 
he was subsequently associated with 
such world-famous artists as Harold 
Bauer, Mischa Elman, Kreisler, John 
M'Cormack, Pablo Casals, Clara Butt, 
and Kennerley Rumford, Kirkby Lunn, 
Sousa, Ellen Terry, Harry Lauder, 
Hans Richter, Maurice Farkoa, the 
Cherniavskys, and, in recent years, a 
host of others who have sprung into 
fame, and the communications he has 
received from time to time 
from English stars go to prove 
that nothing but the best is in store 
for Australasia, as far as his man- 
agement is concerned. 

Mr. Gravestock first came to Aus- 
tralia ten years ago as secretary and 
treasurer to the Quinlan Grand Opera 
Company, and he then joined up with 
Messrs. J. and N. Tait. "I am now an 
Australian," he remarked to a 
"World's News" representative, "with 
an Australian wife and two Aus- 
tralian children," In addition to or- 
dinary concert work, Mr. Gravestock 
has had considerable Grand Opera and 
theatrical experience. 

1st May, 1922. 

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Among the Mummers. 

With Pavlova. 

Intimate Letter from Jhurza Rogers. 

Thurza Rogers was a well-known 
amateur performer when a pupil of 
Miss Estelle Beere, up till three 
years ago, when Mr. and Mrs. Rogers 
(formerly of the Te Aro Hotel) de- 
cided to go to England, and give 
their daughter her chance. How she 
accepted it is proved by the fact that 
she is now a member of Pas de 
Quatre with Mdlle. Pavlova, the most 
wonderful dancer in the world. Writ- 
ing to Miss Beere during the recent 
American tour, Miss Rogers says: — 
"I suppose you have heard of my be- 
ing with Pavlova touring Canada, 
the States and the Continent. We 
then go back for a big season in 
London. I have really nice places, 
and feel quite proud of being one of 
the Pas de quatre girls. We do the 
toe work, and are considered above 
the others. Mdlle. takes an interest 
in me, and speaks very highly of my 
work. We have a class every day, 
and although at times I get fearfully 
tired, I believe it would be hard to 
live without it. Had a call from a 
Wellington friend in Washington, 
who expressed herself surprised and 
pleased with my work. I saw Tommy 
Carroll and Doris at Astafierra's in 
London before I left. They are both 
working hard. . . . You will be 
surprised to hear that Barney 
(Thurza's brother) has taken up 
dancing, and is doing very well. How 
long he will keep to it remains to be 
seen. I know what hard work it is. 
Would you believe I am only seven 
stone, and the thinnest in the com- 
pany (Thurzia'a trouble when she left 
Wellington was her weight). Spent 
yesterday at Niagara, and enjoyed 
myself immensely. It is the most 
wonderful place I have seen. This 
tour is awfully interesting, and the 
girls are refined and jolly. It was 
terrible at first, being so homesick 
and the work so difficult, but I made 
up my mind to stick to it, and now it 
is just like home, and we have such 
topping times." 

As the Test of the letter deals in- 
terestingly with the London prices of 
dancing shoes and tights, it is unne- 
cessary to quote" further. A photo- 
graph of Miss Rogers appears in this 

The standard of the Pavlova ballet is 
the highest in the world, and to be in 
the Pas de Quatre (the selected four) 
means that Thurza has become a 
dancer of the highest order. Her 
photographs certainly lend endorse- 
ment to the fact. In the programme 
of Pavlova's recent American tour 

the name Mdlle. Rogers stands out 
as homely and familiar among a lot 
of others whose names terminate 
either in "off" or "ski," which means 
— "Hooray for New Zealand!" — Editor, 
"The N.Z.T. and M.P." 

Her Third Adventure 

Miss Fay Compton and Mr. Leon 
Quartermaine, who are playing lead- 
ing parts in "Quality Street," were 
married at Slough Register Office re- 
cently, states an English exchange. 
In order to avoid the crowd, they 


of Wellington, now one of the princi- 
pals in the Pavlova ballet. 

left the register office by the back 
way, climbed over a wall, and es- 
caped through a hairdresser's shop. 
Both Miss Compton and Mr. Quarter- 
maine have acted together in " Mary 
Rose " and " The Circle," as well as 
in "Quality Street." Miss Compton, 
who is a daughter of the late Mr. 
Edward Compton, the founder of the 
Compton Comedy Company, and a 
sister of Mr. Compton Mackenzie, 
the novelist, made her first stage ap- 
pearance in 1911 with "The Follies," 

whose chief, Mr. H. G. Pelissier, she 
married when she was sixteen. He 
died in 1913, and in 1914 she mar- 
ried Mr. Lauri de Frece, with whom 
she was appearing in "The Kinema 
Star." In May last year she obtained 
a decree of restitution of conjugal 
rights, and three months later Mr. de 
Frece died at Trouville from the re- 
sults of an accident. Mr. Quarter- 
maine was formerly married to Miss 
Aimee de Burgh, from whom he ob- 
tained a divorce last year. Mr. Gil- 
bert ITrankau, who had been cited as 
co-respondent/ married Miss de 
Burgh recently. 

Spirits in the Dressing Room 

Maude Fane has aroused a great 
deal of interest in Melbourne, both 
on and off the stage, by her confes- 
sions regarding her spirit-raising 
seances in her dressing-room. Dur- 
ing waits between her appearances in 
"A Night Out," Miss Fane, assisted 
by several ladies of the company who 
are considered to be "mediums," has 
received the most marked manifesta- 
tions, in the form of oscillating 
tables, spirit-rapping, and messages 
of the most varied character, some of 
which are said to have been of a 
most remarkable nature. A reporter 
of the "Herald' 'was given a seance 
in Miss Fane's dressing-room, and as 
a result wrote an article that at- 
tracted widespread attention. 

From Private to Brig.-General 
It is not generally known that Miss 
Ella Shields is the wife of a man 
with a very distinguished war record. 
Her choice fell on James Christie, 
whom she met when he was on fur- 
lough from France in the early 
stages of the war, and there and then 
they married. Mr. Christie joined 
up with Kitchener's army as a pri- 
vate, and emerged from the war as 
Brigadier-General Christie, O.B.E. 
It is curious commentary that both 
Ella Shields and Vesta Tilley, Eng- 
land's two foremost male imperson- 
ators, should both have married dis- 
tinguished men. Perhaps their train- 
ing in trousers enabled them to know 
a MAN among men. 

The Marie Tempest-Graham Browne 

Up till recently the Marie Tempest 
— Graham Browne combination has 
been giving the Wellington public 
the rarest of treats by reason of the 
polish they exert in the presentation 
of the best of English comedies. The 
only comedy that was not English in 
authorship was "Tea for Three," by 
Roi Cooper Megrue, an exceedingly 
clever and philosophical comedy, 
quite in the best English vein. The 
other bills were "Mr. Pirn Passes 
By," "Penelope," "Outcast," "The 
Great Adventure," and "The Mar- 
riage of Kitty." This is the farewell 
tour of this brilliant pair, who pre- 


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1st May, 1922. 

HOPK HAMPTON is a revelation in Fanny Hurst's great story "Stardust." As the ill-starred heroine, Fanny 

Becker, she is magnetic. 

sent the most perfect affinity in com- 
edy we have ever seen on the stag's 
in the same play at the one time, and 
we say good-bye to them with a 
choky feeling and filmy eyes. 

At the conclusion of the New Zea- 
land tour they are to play seasons at 
Adelaide and Perth (in which latter 
place they have never yet been seen) 
— then hey! for London Town. After 
seven years! What would the writer 
not give to be present at the opening 
night in London. Many English 
papers have been wondering "what 
has become of Miss Tempest, and 
why, oh why, the long absence, which 
indicates pretty clearly that no suc- 
cessor has arisen to dim the glory of 
her wonderful art in good comedy. 
Her opening bill will probably be the 
Clare Kummer farce-comedy, " Good 
Gracious, Annabelle," the English 
rights of which are held by Miss Tem- 
pest. They have clso been offered 
the sole rights of a new American 
comedy, and are studying it now to 
fathom its suitability for their par- 
ticular n^eds. Both Miss Tempest 
and Mr. Browne will leave New Zea- 
land with the good wishes of thou- 
sands of playgoers, who have seen in 
them the successors — long deferred 
— of the famous old Brough and 
Boucicault Company. 

Claude Dampier Again , 
Claude Dampier, the long, lean 
merry-maker, has joined G. P. Hanna 
and Co.'s "Vice-Regals," and will 
tour with that reorganised company 
through New Zealand this winter. 
Miss Hilda Attenborough, formerly of 
the Marie Tempest Co., is also one of 
Vice-Regals now. 

Maurice Ralph's New Job 

Mr. Maurice Ralph, who looks af- 
ter Beaumont Smith's interest in New 
Zealand, will be a busy man for the 
next few weeks. He has also been ap- 
pointed New Zealand representative 
for Mr. Harry Musgrove, and his first 

big job for that enterprising entre- 
preneur will be to take hold of the 
Ella Shields Company and pilot them 
through the rest of their tour. Miss 
Shields is now in the South Island, 
doing big business, and will play a 
return season in Wellington at 
Easter, and, after a return season in 
Auckland in May, the company will 
sail for Australia. 

Irene Castle is returning to vaude- 
ville, her first stage appearance for 
six years. During her absence from 
the stage in motion pictures her first 
husband, Vernon Castle, was killed 
in an airplane accident at an army 
flying field, and Mrs. Castle some 
time later married again. 

Mr. Max Levitzki, brother of Mischa 
the famous pianist, writes to me from 
the Mediterranean, pre-announcing 
their arrival in Naples, en route to 
Paris. A photo of Mischa on a camel 
silhouetted against the Sphinx and 
Great Pyramid was an enclosure. Max 
mentions that he may venture thU way 
with Marguerite D'Alvarez, the great 
contralto, this year. 

Guy Bates Post, who has not long 
returned fro mhis Australian tour, has 
arrived back in Los Angeles to make a 
screen version of his stage success. 
'The Masquerader/ which is to be 
directed by James Young at the Brun- 
ton Studios here. This is to be a 
Richard Walton Tully production, and 
is expected to usher in a new e»a in 
pictures — the 3 dol. a seat era. J t is a 
far cry from the ten cent, movies of a 
few years ago." 

* * * 

Franz Schubert is a character in- 
troduced into the musical comedy, 
"Blossom Time," in New York. Ber- 
tram Peacock plays the role, and in- 
troduces the Schubert song, -'Thine 
is My Heart." Will some tenor please 
look up this number and let us hear 

Cinema in the Surgery. 


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BERLIN, Dec. 1. 
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German scientific film is an operation 
film, which has hitherto presented 
insuperable technical obstacles. 
These are now overcome through 
long study by Dr. von Rothe, direc- 
tor and head surgeon of a Berlin 
municipal hospital. Operations of 
every description can be followed 
minutely and clearly, thus proving 
of immense advantage at clinical lec- 

At a private representation a 
series of extremely delicate and var- 
ied operations performed by famous 
Berlin surgeons were shown with en- 
tire success. Strong nerves were a 
sine Qua non for the invited guests, 
and several journalists were unable 
to remain long, and beat a retreat 
after the first operation. Dr. von 
Rothe states that he intends that the 
films should be exchanged with those 
of other countries in order that by 
comparison the best methods of oper- 
ation may be decided. The German 
cinema industry is passing through a 
serious crisis, and the month of July 
shows the further collapse of a hun- 
dred Berlin cinemas in consequence 
of heavy taxation. While the fash- 
ionable picture palaces of the West 
End continue to flourish at exorbit- 
ant admission prices, the poor man's 
cinema, his chief recreation after his 
day's work, is in imminent danger of 
elimination. The closing of these 
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support of those thrown out of work 
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this will cost Berlin one and a quar- 
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1st Maw 1922. 

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litta Ruffo Again 
The so-called villain of "Andrea 
Chernier" (Giordano), is a char- 
acter more faithful to life than 
many characters of the tragedy 
or the operatic stage, because he is a 
mixture of good and evil; and no 
man, in life, is wholly good or wholly 
vile. He is Charles Gerard, a man of 
inferior birth, who comes during the 
wild scenes of the French Revolution 
into a power he exercises both for 
noble and for base ends. This is the 
great scene in which he signs the 
paper condemning to death the poet- 
patriot Andrea Chenier, the hero of 
the opera, a young man of high and 
altogether unselfish purposes. He is 
possibly less actuated by hatred for 
Chenier (though the poet has 
wounded him in a fight) than for his 
passion for Madeleine, who loves 
Chenier, and is loved by him in turn. 
Oddly enough, when first wounded 
by Chenier, he refused to denounce 
him as an enemy. Patriotism, coarse 
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strangely in the opera, which is an 
unusual study in human character — 
a study cleanly reflected in the 
music. It begins with powerful, 
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major and minor alternate like the 
play of good and evil impulse in the 
human soul. For all his crimes and 
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the lyric is robust, almost over- 
whelming. Love of country, ideal- 
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Gatli-Lurci Sings "The Wren" 

"What a fresh, delightful song!" is 
the expression that comes to the lips 
involuntary on hearing this record. 
The song is a coloratura canzone, 
light as air and fragant with the 
breath of early spring. Indeed, on 
first hearing it one altogether loses 
sight of the brilliant vocal display, the 
lilting staccato, the even, velvety tone 
quality, the perfect control and abso- 
lute clarity in even the most rapid of 
its darting phrases. The final cres- 
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max to a song that is as interesting 
from a technical, vocal standpoint as 
it is charming in a poetic way. 
Clavelitos (Carnations) Valverde 

It is a fascinating little Spanish 
song, by one of Spain's most popular 
composers, that Galli Cure! sings so de- 
lightfully to us in this newest record 
by her. The music with its vivacious 
lilt, its exquisite effect in ritardamlo 
on the high note, and its accompani- 
ment in which we hear the castanets, 
gives us a picture as rich and lovely 
as the flowers from which it fakes its 

title. Swiftly come the words, with 
limpid notes for each, the music ris- 
ing and falling (as the flowers might 
sway in the breeze), all of it tinged 
with the magic of the South, its clear 
sparkling atmosphere, its rich colour- 

Graziella Pareto's Latest 

Graziella Pareto, the brilliant 
soprano, who was delighting Convent 
Garden audiences last season with her 
charming art has a great reputation 
as a Mozartian singer, a reputation 
which this fine record fully sustains. 
In Deh! vieni non tarda from 
Mozart's "Nozzi de Figaro" (per- 
haps the most popular opera), 
with its appealing phrases in 
wMch the Countess sings of her long- 
ings, is one that requires perfect 
purity of tone and command of vocal 
technique. As one listens to the re- 
cord, the charming ease and grace of 
Mile. Pareto's singing of it is at once 
apparent from beginning to end it is 
an artistic interpretation of a very 
high order. It is, indeed, that rare 
thing — Mozartian music sung as it 
should be. 

Novels Dramatised. 

One can scarcely pick up a novel 
that has not been dramatised almost 
as soon as its selling success is as- 
sured. I read Sabatini's "Tavern 
Knight" a few months ago, and turn- 
ing up a recent English paper, found 
that it was being played to good bus- 
iness on the dramatic stage. I found 
some difficulty in getting through 
Sinclair's "Main Street," with its 
clever but somewhat tedious reitera- 
tion of the petty details of social life 
in Gopher Prairie, and the silly 
yearnings of Mrs. Dr. Kennicott, but 
I note that the book has been dra- 
matised in New York. Still another 
good yarn to find moving expression 
is Ibanez's "The Matador," which as 
"Blood and Sand," is also running in 
New York and London. — H.P. 

VAREZ is the great name in the 
English concert world just now, and 
Australians will be glad that they will 
have the opportunity of hearing this 
wonderful contralto at the very top 
of her powers. She is the golden- 
throated songstress that the world 
hears but once in a generation. De- 
bussy, the famous composer, was one 
of her greatest admirers, and stated 
just before his death that she was 
his "ideal interpreter." During the 
war he showed what he thought of 
the artist by crossing the submarine- 
infested Channel to play her accom- 
paniments during a concert season 
in London. As he was in bad health 
at the time, the compliment to the 
contralto was a notable one. 



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Screen Whispers. 

"Blood and Sand" 
Catherine Calvert is a film celeb- 
rity who has returned to the stage. 
She is the Spanish heroine of "Blood 
and Sand," the Broadway adaptation 
of Ibanez' novel, in which Otis Skin- 
ner is starring. Miss Calvert plays 
the vivid vampish Rona Sol, the 
Spanish great lady, who so demoral- 
ises Skinner's El Gallardo, the great 
bullfighter, that he loses his cun- 
ning. Miss Calvert is a dashing hero- 
ine, and one of the most beautiful 
women on the American stage. It is 
not generally known that she suffers 
from lameness. She is remarkably 
brave, and gives no evidence of the 
illness that made her lame and kept 
her from stage and screen for seve- 
ral years. She is worthy of the ap- 
plause that greets her every perform- 
ance of the Ibanez play when she 
makes her entrance, gorgeous in 
Spanish laces and shawl. 

* * * 

Coogan Dolls 
When you are fought over in a 
court of law, you know you are rich 
and famous. It wasn't Jackie Coo- 
gan, but Jackie Coogan's effigy, the 
"Kid" doll, that was wrangled over. 
Jackie in his red sweater and 
checked cap, his costume in Chap- 
lin's masterpiece, appeared as a doll 
last April. He appeared twice, in 
fact. And a Supreme Court Judge 
will have both figures in court to 
look them over. The company which 
manufactured the doll is asking an 
injunction to restrain the other com- 
pany from manufacturing and selling 
the Coogan dolls. Never mind who 
wins. The point is, that it's all about 
a youngster of eight who brought the 
civilised world to his small feet in 
one picture. 

* * * 

They Knew I 

Tommy Preslon (Manager of Bar- 
rett's Australian Films, Ltd.) relates 
that at Garrett's Pictures, Abermaine 
(Newcastle, N.S.W.), "Intolerance" 
drew only £10 as against £35 by "The 
Waybacks," the same light the pre- 
vious week. "Besides," says Mr. 
Preston, who was in charge of the 
Griftith masterpiece, "I had the pleas- 
ure during the interval of hearing 
those who did come to our show say- 
ing that 'Intolerance' was rotten com- 
pared with the Beaumont Smith bur- 

* * * 

Fanny the Fascinator 

Fanny Ward fans, please note. 

The beautiful actress has deserted 
us — permanently. She has severed 
the last tie between herself and 
America. She has ordered all her 
household treasures sold; all the 
contents of her gorgeous Californian 

home, and has bought a house in 
London, where she is living with her 
husband, Jack Dean, and her daugh- 

Her daughter, by the way, is quite 
wealthy in her own right. She is the 
widow of a prosperous Englishman. 

7 was He ! 

Betty is telling a story on herself, 
by the way — her success not having 
spoiled her sense of humour. 

At the private showing of "Cam- 
ille" by Madame Nazimova at the 


In pensive mood, waits for John 

Barrymore to return to the land of 

"Lotus Eaters." 

Ritz in New York, Miss Blythe was 
introduced to a gentleman whose 
name she didn't catch, but whom she 
described as having " the most fas- 
cinating, human, distinguished face 
in the world, under lovely white 

She leaned over to him in what she 
referred to as her best society man- 
ner, and murmured, "I do hope you 
won't mind, if I tell you how much 
you remind me of David Warfield. 
You look exactly like him." 

The gentleman smiled. " That's 
strange, isn't it?" he remarked, "out 
you see I am David Warfield," 

1st May, 1922. 

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* * * 

"The Sheik" is proving itself to be 
the most outstanding picture of the 
year. Now well into its fourth big 
week at the Globe Theatre, Sydney, 
it is attracting fans in thousands. 
Many have been again and again, 
coming away with the conviction that 
there has never been a picture to 
equal this stupendous production. 
Rudolph Valentino has achieved won- 
derful fame in the title role. His 
portrayal of the Sheik must be 
ranked amongst the most unique 
character studies ever seen. Agnes 
Ayres also gives an excellent inter- 
pretation of the captive English girl. 
It is a picture with a strong appeal to 

* * * 

Real outdoor sports, such as golf, 
motoring and the like, appeal to Wal- 
lace Reid, the athletic Paramount 
star, more than most other forms of 
amusement, but, of course, his talent 
for music enables him to get a lot of 
joy out of that, too. His home in 
Hollywood has a "jazz room/' as he" 
calls it, where he keeps his saxa- 
phones, a piano, plenty of easy chairs, 
books, and a billiard table. There 
he spends lots of his leisure time in 
with his friends. 

"Laddie," the beautiful sheep dog 
in the Paramount picture, "The Bon- 
nie Briar Bush," became so attached 
to Donald Crisp, the director, that he 
could not be induced to return home. 
He remained "on set" during the en- 
tire filming of the picture, then ac- 
companied the players to the station, 
when they were returning to London. 
"Laddie" jumped into the carriage 
with Mr. Crisp, and could not be 
ejected. "Want to keep him," 
shouted the old farmer. ' Sure 
thing!" Mr. Crisp shouted back. 
"Well, you're welcome," was the an- 
swer. So this explains "Laddie's" 
daily presence at the London studio, 
where he is at present engaged in 
making friends and enemies of a col- 
ony of harmless and necessary studio 

On Opera Singers. 

Owing to having contracted a cold, 
which flew to her throat, "No per- 
formance" cards had to be hung on 
the Wellington Opera House doors on 
April 3. Miss Tempest was still suf- 
fering the following evening, yet 
played bravely and well, 

A Penetrating and Unprejudiced 

The "Musical Courier" (New York) 
offers some definitions on opera sing- 
ers: — 

Tenor — A male singer whose top 
notes are almost as high as the opin- 
ion he has of himself. Usually plays 
the part of the hero in opera — and only 
in opera. Rolls his " r's and his 
eyes. Dislikes critics who do not praise 
him. Favourite occupation — looking 
in the mirror. 

Prima Donna — A female singer, 
usually soprano, who has risen 
to the top of the vocal ranks, and does 
not care how many persons know it. 
She gets the best of the dressing-rooms 
and the best of the manager. Loves to 
be called a star, which, technically 
speaking, means a " heavenly body." 
(Most prima donnas have not.) Gener- 
ally an unconquerable lust for dia- 
monds and newspaper notoriety. Feeds 
on throat pastilles and applause. 
Nearly always travels with a female 
relative who looks downtrodden. Fav- 
ourite occupation — reading "roasts " 
about other prima donnas, and telling 
of her triumphs in exotic countries. 

Contralto — Customarily the mother, 
governess, older sister, or villainess of 
opera. In real life frequently is mar- 
ried to the second or third tenor, and 
is a model mother. Opposed to the 

"star" system, and prefers ensemble 
opera for the sake of art. Favourite oc- 
cupation — trying to be a soprano. Pet 
aversion — being referred to in the 
papers as the " rest of the cast were 
capable," or " the other roles were ren- 
dered adequately." 

Baritone — A proud, reserved per- 
son, with a semi-deep voice and wholly 
deep designs on all unprotected fe- 
males in opera whom the plot requires 
to be in love with the tenor. A* bari- 
tone is at his best when holding his 
right hand aloft and singing a revenge 
ending on the words "maladetta" or 
"morte." To be sure of success in such 
a number, he must stamp his foot vio- 
lently several times during the singing, 
and at the end of the piece hold the last 
note fortissimo, the meanwhile run- 
ning off the stage. 

Basso — The lowest kind of singer. 
Nearly always married to the second 
or third soprano. Sings the roles of 
priest, father, king, or military com- 
mander. For some reason or other, lib- 
rettists make bassos either exceedingly 
ntalignant or uncommonly benign, but 
never allow them the very human lux- 
ury of falling in love. Arias of warn- 
ing, denunciation, exposition, and re- 
capitulation are the shining specialities 
of bassos. Off the stage bassos are fond 
of children and of ordering large por- 
tions of food in restaurants. 

Mr. Marshall Miller, who is per- 
sonal manager for the Harry Mus- 
grove, is renewing his acquaintance 
with old New Zealand friends after a 
year's absence. 


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Coming Theatrical Produc- 


" Johnny, Get Your Gun " 

On Saturday night, March 4, the 
long-looked-for first appearance in 
Australia of Louis Bennison took 
place at Melbourne Theatre Royal. 
The famous romantic actor was seen 
in "Johnny, Get Your Gun,'* the far- 
cical entertainment in which he 
played the leading rote for over three 
years throughout America. A parti- 
cularly strong company has been got 
together to support the star. It in- 
cludes Marjorie Bennett, Diana Wil- 
son, H. H. Wallace, J. B. Atholwood, 
Raymond Lawrence, Robert E. Ho- 
mans, Lance Lister, Gwen Bur- 
roughs, Dorothy Seacombe, H. C. 
Nightingale, Jack Hooker, George 
Blunt, Harry Paulton, Nellie Mor- 
tyne, Doris Kendall, Leslie Vittor, 
John Bedouin, Vivian Edwards. Olive 
Proctor. The prologue to the play is 
enacted in the studio of the Durham 
Brand Motion Picture Corporation. 
The three acts of the play are set in 
the Burnham home, Long Island. The 
play was produced by Robert E. 
Homans and Hugh J. Ward. 

"My Lady's Dress 9 ' 

"My Lady's Dress," in which 
Emelie Polini has returned to the 
stage in Sydney, excited a great deal 
of attention when it was first pro- 
duced in London. In structure it 
somewhat resembles "Eyes of 
Youth," and it shows in a series o7 
remarkable scenes the various ori- 
gins of the materials used in the 
gown that is discussed by the princi- 
pals in the first act. The audience 
is taken to Italy, France, Siberia, and 
the East End of London, and each 
scene is a little drama in itself. In- 

deed, there are many opportunities 
for brilliant dramatic work, in which 
the versatile Emelie Polini would 
particularly excel. Frank Harvey 
and a clever company will be asso- 
ciated with Miss Polini in the first 
Australian presentation of this play. 

* .* « 

?! The Little Dutch Girl " 

"The Little Dutch Girl," which 
ran for eighteen months in the Lyric 
Theatre, London, is to be produced 
shortly by J. C. Williamson, Ltd., in 
Melbourne. This is the piece which 
induced the biggest library deal 
known in the history of the business 
in London. In London there is a 
system of speculation on the success 
of a piece by which agencies such as 
Prowse's buy up blocks of seats for 
so long, and then retail them to the 
public at a slight advance on what 
they have paid. The difference is 
their profit. In the case of this comic 
opera the sum of £27,000 was paid 
in advance for seats by the libraries. 

* * * 

"The First Year" 

" The First Year" is the name of a 
comic tragedy by Frank Craven, 
which the Williamson firm propose 
to produce immediately in Melbourne. 
For this piece they have imported the 
American comedian, Phillips Tead, 
who has been selected for the role 
by the author. 

* * « 

Irish Players 

J. C. Williamson, Ltd., announce 
one of the most important engage- 
ments ever made by the firm — the 
original and complete company of 
the famous Irish Players, from the 
Abbey Theatre, Dublin, who, having 
completed a wonderfully successful 
tour of America, have sailed for Aus- 
tralia. They comprise twelve artists, 
including Mairie O'Neill (sister of 
Sara Allgood), Arthur Sinclair, 

Maureen Delaney, Nora Des- 
mond, Sidney Morgan, Arthur 
Shields. They will present their ori- 
ginal production of " The White- 
headed Boy," which they have played 
with phenomenal success in England, 
Ireland, and America. 

** The Toreador " for Wellington 

That bright and exceedingly comi- 
cal musical comedy, "The Toreador," 
has been selected for the next pro- 
duction of the Wellington Amateur 
Operatic Society. Dates for the sea- 
son have been pencilled from July 
25 and the week following. Rehear- 
sals are to commence on April 25. 

Answers to Correspondents. 

" INQUIRER." — The lady's age is 
56 next July. Yes, we agree that 
she is one of the wonders of the 
modern English stage. No, the or- 
iginal Dorothy in the opera of that 
name was Marion Hood, who was 
succeeded by Marie Tempest. 

" ENQUIRERS," Christchurch. — 
Rene Maxwell has not yet entered 
that blessed state, neither has 
Edith Drayson. Claude Flem- 
ming is a benedict, but his wife 
does not appear with the company. 

"FLIPP." — (1) Walter George is 
not likely to visit Wellington for 
some considerable time. (2) Not 
decided yet, though, after the 
Marie Tempest season, which ex- 
tends well into April, "The Beg- 
gar's Opera" may be amongst the 
first plays to be seen here, also "A 
Night Out." (3) Miss Mary Miles 
Minter's address is c/o the Famous 
Players-Lasky Corporation, New 

Scenes from James Oliver Curwood's M The Golden Snare," with LEWIS STONE and RUTH KENICK sharing 

stellar honours. 


1st May, 1922. 

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From the Novel 


The Greatest Living Authors Are 
Now Working With Paramount 

Progress has two phases for Paramount Pictures — one is to sur- 
pass competition. That means effort, but not difficulty. The other phase 
is to surpass ourselves — to surpass our own achievements. And this is a 
more exacting task. That is why Paramount has assembled, and main- 
tains, such perfection and completeness of personnel and mechanical 
equipment in its immense studios in Los Angeles, Long Island City, and 
London. Since the beginning of the human race, some men 
and women have been given the great power of creation and 
depiction; the power of showing us ourselves ad our neigh- 
bours, not simply in the flesh, but more intimately, more 
truly, in the spirit. Sir James M. Barrie you know, and Joseph Conrad 
and Arnold Bennett, Robert Hichens, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Sir Gilbert 
Parker, Elinor Glyn, Edward Knoblock, W. Somerset Maugham, Thomp- 
son Buchanan, Avery Hopwood, Henry Arthur Jones, Cosmo Hamilton, 
Edward Sheldon, Samuel Merwin. All these famous authors are actu- 
ally in the studios, writing new plays for Paramount Pictures, advising 
with directors, using the motion picture camera as they formerly used 
the pen. They have every one of them realised the infinitely greater 
scope for expression offered to their genius by the medium of modern 
motion pictures, when reinforced by the stupendous producing and distri- 
buting resources of the Paramount organisation. Every form of printed 
or spoken drama that might be suitable for Paramount Pictures is ex- 
amined. Everything useful published in Italian, Spanish, German, or 
French is steadily translated. The word "Paramount" already says more 
to you than any other word or phrase in motion pictures. It means that in 
future, as in the past, as you approach your theatre and see the legend, 
"A Paramount Picture," you know you will see the best show in town. 

(paramount (pictures 



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E. R. CHAMBERS - General Manager 


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1st May, 1922. 








i WESTj 

J \fiHWURSfNIDI5lii 

AT LAST ! | 

The Universal Film Manufacturing Coy. has 
listened to the outcry against Serials. The complaints 
of parents and school officials have been justified. The 
Serial had reached a stage where it had become the 
target for everyone because of its " horror " scenes, 
masked gangs and sheer absurdities. 

Some of the arguments against the serial may 
have been far-fetched but it is certain that the " blood 
and thunder " chapter play has done no good — it has not 
improved the minds of the children and it has not 
earned the admiration of the adults. The Universal 
Film Manufacturing Coy. are the pioneer producers of 
the chapter play and they have felt it their responsibility 

to banish for good the harmful serial. 


"WINNERS OF THE WEST" marks the 
*ra in serials. The Universal Company has made 

new era in 

the last " blood and thunder " serial ! Universal is 
going to give to the people chapter plays founded on 
the most thrilling and momentous periods of the world's 
history. Universal is going to dramatise in the chapter 
play the immortal works of the world's greatest writer's 
of history, romance and adventure. 

« WINNERS OF THE WEST " is the first of 
these. It is taken from the historical records of the 
great Californian Gold rush in the year 1848. Every 
foot of the film is true to the history of the adventure, 
and the picture has been endorsed by educational auth- 
orities all over the world. 

"ROBINSON CRUSOE" are already in the course 
of production at Universal City and they will be 
followed by productions equally commendable. The 
serial from now on will be a clean, vigorous, wholesome 
production, and it will occupy a place of pride on every 
first-class theatre's programme. 

You will want your children to see " Universal " 
serials and you will want to see them yourselves. 




Keep your eye open for a startling | 
announcement regarding forthcoming 
Universal Serials. 

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Waipapa Road, Hataitai, Wellington, for P. W. Millar & Co., Ltd., Wellington, N.Z.— 1st May, 1922.